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Duisburg, the success of the biggest dry port in the world

Duisburg, the success of the biggest dry port in the world

Following the end of the steel industry, the inland port of Duisburg became in less than 10 years the first inland logistic platform in the world. Dealing with more than 3 million of containers and 130 million of tons of merchandise every year, Duisburg goes beyond port management activities and offer logistics value added services. Unique connection between ports of Northern Europe and the European hinterland, this huge terrestrial platform of 300 ha is linked to waterways as well as main roads and rail routes, thus the place became the key hub of global trade.

This incredible location in Europe have enabled Duisburg to become one of the main crossroad of the Silk Road; thus since 2001 and the opening of the Chongqing- Duisburg line, the dry port welcomed more and more trains coming from China. Germany’s ambition is, in the long term, to extend rail freight transportation in order to make it a competitive alternative to others modes of transportation. In 2006, 40 000 containers were transported by the Deutshe Bahn from China, by the year 2020, it is 100 000 containers that should be routed to Duisburg (Lloyd’s loading list) and the port does not end with its successes. Indeed, in 2016, the port’s turnover was of 230 million euros and its activities keep on developing thanks to the investments made. (Chamber of commerce Belgian-Luxemburgish-German)

The port Authority also developed an entire rail network within 150 km around the dry port in order to serve the entire zone in an efficient way. This initiative enable to offer pre- and post-routing of merchandises to customers. Connected by more than 360 rail services per week leading to 80 destinations, Duisburg is a true nerve center where companies can stock at a very attractive cost and then forward their merchandise in all Europe. (Transport Media) The port is also at the heart of the rail line “Rhine Alpine”, one of the most frequented freight road in Europe. The line connects the ports of the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean basin through some of the biggest economic hubs throughout Europe.

This incredible site in Europe, at the heart of the Rhineland area regrouping a sixth of the German activity, enable the fluvial port of Duisburg to offload maritime terminals of a part of their logistic activities. This is why CMA CGM and its logistic subsidiary CMA CGM Log opened a container terminal of 60 000 m² in Duisburg in order to allow their customers to manage their supply chain and the redeployment of their merchandises on the entire European territory in the most efficient way. This positioning enables to break into the intra-European multimodal market, every week, the terminal handle 15 000 operations, 5 800 trucks, 65 barges and 60 trains.