duisport – a leading logistics hub in Central Europe
duisport is a job creator in the city and region: over 45,000 jobs in 20 years
The sun glistens on the waves, tourists sit on deck and enjoy their tour around the port, seagulls swoop elegantly across the scene – where are we? In the port city of Duisburg, of course! Ships dock here that are at home on the seven seas, so there is also a shanty choir and real pubs for sailors. Above all else, however, there is plenty of work, because the goods flow particularly efficiently and cost-effectively thanks to the road, rail and sea links. Not for nothing does the ‘New Silk Road’ also end in Duisburg.
It makes me very proud that our inland port is now playing in the same league as the big ports of this world.
More than 300 companies are based at Duisburg Port on an area covering some 1,550 hectares – and they include some illustrious names. Logistics firms such as Kühne + Nagel, DB Schenker, DHL and NYK / Yusen Logistics, but also the distribution centres of big companies such as Danone Waters, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson and Siemens are all based here.
Since August 2013, Audi AG has also been working in conjunction with service provider Schnellecke Logistics to export 800,000 cubic metres of automobile components annually to China, India and Mexico from its CKD facility, the biggest in the world. The Dutch logistics firm Samskip Van Dieren Multimodal schedules 50 trains a week from the port to various destinations on the continent.
Duisburg Port has thus grown to become Europe’s biggest logistics hub. The past 20 years have seen the creation of over 45,000 new jobs that are directly or indirectly linked to the port. ‘There has never been a bigger turning point in the development of Duisburg Port than the last twenty years. During this time, Duisburg Port has grown to become a logistics company with the port at its heart. Nowadays, duisport is a hub that handles goods flowing from all over the world as well as the biggest provider of space in the Rhine–Ruhr region,’ stresses Erich Staake, CEO of Duisburger Hafen AG. He has been responsible for the successful development of the former coal and steel site since 1998.