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Göttingen/South Niedersachsen — predestined to become a logistics region

Situated in the heart of Germany, Göttingen offers multimodal connections. Attractive cut-off times create a powerful logistical node. Direct links to the motorway network for north-south and east-west connections guarantee perfect accessibility. The Frankfurt and Hanover international airports are easily accessible. The continued expansion of the nearby inland port on the Weser for shipping heavy loads completes the portfolio. With its direct rail connections combined with ultramodern loading crane and immediate access to the motorway network, Göttingen is perfectly equipped for combined transport. Highly efficient and flexible logistics companies provide cross-regional distribution services.

The demand placed on logistics and transport in company value chains will continue to grow in the coming years. This signifies enormous growth potential for the entire logistics industry, in particular the logistics region of Göttingen/South Niedersachsen.

Healthy and stable regional, national and worldwide operating companies are located in and around the business region of Göttingen. The high density of research institutions, the university with its worldwide reputation, and many other institutions underline the innovation potential and reflect the high level of expertise in the city and the region.

Göttingen freight centre (GVZ): Infrastructure

Göttingen freight centre forms the focal point in South Niedersachsen as a region. As an efficient hub with direct connections to the motorway and railway network, it is perfectly equipped as a hinterland hub. Göttingen freight centre also offers enough space for logistic settlement requirements in the coming years.

Göttingen as a logistics location

  • Offers short, simple and fast (transport) routes owing to its optimum transport infrastructure.
  • Assures planning reliability for the rapid and costeffective supply of goods.
  • Assures the high attractiveness of logistics.

The logistics and mobility cluster Göttingen/South Niedersachsen conceptually to bundle activities with logisticians and logistics related businesses to network companies and establish the region as a logistics location. Networking promotes qualification, intensifies knowledge transfer and supports targeted location marketing.

The Ems logistics axis as a growth region

The Ems-axis is situated in the northwest of Germany and extends from the North Sea coast, along the Dutch-German border, to the border with North Rhine-Westphalia. Logistics is one of the core competencies of the region and one of its strongest growth industries. The expertise of specialised companies, business associations and universities, in interaction with a well-developed infrastructure and seaports, inland ports and freight centres, make the Ems axis one of the leading logistics regions in Niedersachsen.


The Ems axis already forms one of the most important European routes today, and will continue to grow in importance as a logistics hub and transit region in the wake of the growing international flows of goods. The most important road artery in the region is the A31 motorway, which connects the Ems axis directly to the Ruhr Valley. Completed as the result of a private initiative long before it appeared on the schedule for federal traffic routes, it represents a prime example of the commitment of regional players when it comes to the future of the region. The E233, A1 (NL) and A30 (D) secure the regions' connectivity in a west-east direction. The seaports in Emden, Leer and Papenburg constitute the westernmost access to overseas markets in Germany. A well-developed network of waterways

with efficient inland ports offers the best conditions for transport via inland waterway.

The Dortmund-Ems Canal in particular is of paramount importance for the entire region. Similar to the A31, its early expansion was driven by an initiative formed out of a regional alliance. The railway line from Emden to the Ruhr via Münster is designed for heavy loads in both directions and electrified along its full length. A second line goes from Hamburg and Hanover via Bremen. 

Developing perspectives: space for your logistics with the "pearl necklace concept"

The logistics hubs on the River Ems line up like pearlson a necklace and successfully place the emphasis on constructive, multi-site collaboration. The close networking of specific resources and areas of expertise creates a region focussed on logistics along the Ems with supra-regional appeal and excellent potential for integration into national and international logistics structures. It is for good reason that it counts as one of the region's most attractive locations for logistics investments.

The southern metropolitan region of Hamburg

The southern part of the metropolitan region of Hamburg in Niedersachsen, with its eight counties stretching from Cuxhaven in the west to Lüchow-Dannenberg in the east, is a first-rate logistics location owing to its excellent situation and infrastructure conditions.

Directly bordering on Hamburg and easily accessible by water, road, rail and air, the southern metropolitan region is characterised by a dense transport network and boasts a variety of transshipment options for different modes of transport:

In addition to the seaports of Cuxhaven and Stade, the inland ports of Lüneburg and Uelzen, the Stade IBB–– terminal and Soltau cargo terminal are also powerful intermodal transshipment resources.

Rail services can also be processed efficiently at Maschen shunting station, which is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The region's excellent motorway network has also helped to transform it into a key international industrial, commercial and logistics hub.

The powerful infrastructure in the region offers ideal locational advantages for companies, investors and customers. The logistics company network in the locality not only networks the region with global economic processes, but also promotes regional economic growth. The main economic activities in the region not only include the logistics, energy, food and trade industries, but also aerospace and chemicals.

In order to continue to develop and market the economy and region successfully, the logistics sector works closely with partners in the industry, commerce and the public sector. As the largest industry network in the region comprising more than 500 companies, the Hamburg Logistics Initiative initiates numerous projects to contribute to the dynamic development of the logistics industry.

In addition to the enormous potential availability of demand-driven industrial and commercial land for logistics villages, the region also has a large supply of skilled labour and demonstrates a high standard of living.

Hardly any other sector has created as many jobs as logistics in recent years. This is reflected in the southern metropolitan region of Hamburg in particular, where some 76,000 people are gainfully employed in the logistics sector.

Harburg and Rotenburg (Wümme) demonstrate the dynamic development of the local logistics industry in the region in particular, and have profited from this more than any other areas. The continued increase in the national and international division of labour, and the advantages the region offers as a business location, are both a guarantee for future growth in the region.

The Hanover region as a logistics location

The Hanover region has established itself as one of the major logistics locations in Germany and Europe, both as a bundling and distribution centre in the hinterland for seaports, and as a European gateway of key international logistical importance. More than 80 logistics-related investments (relocations or expansions) have been made in the Hanover region since 2003. 1.3 billion euros have been invested in logistics sites and real estate, and 7,800 new jobs created. 

Perfect connections by road, rail, water and air

Important national and international transport routes intersect in the Hanover region, and the different modes of transport are very well-networked. Major national and international business centres can be reached quickly by road via the four federal motorways. Hanover is a central hub for major rail links from the east-west and the north-south. The Hanover region is well connected to Germany's seaports by various modes of transport. The Hanover International Airport enables freight to be shipped quickly by air 24 hours a day without any weight restrictions.

European logistics hub

The Hanover region is not just an important production base. Many European goods flows are also bundled or distributed from here.

Market-driven logistics sites and real estate

Rents for logistics properties in the Hanover region have been stable for years, and the cost of acquiring land remains moderate in view of the advantages of the location.

Logistical expertise

The regional economy can rely on the efficiency of the highly specialised logistics companies based there ranging from medium-sized forwarding companies to globally operating carriers. Major logistics companies and key CEP service providers and system associations have their own branches here. Late cut-off times represent a further locational advantage.

Professionals for the logistics industry

In the Hanover region, logistics provides more than 82,000 people with a job, including 69,000 working in logistics companies directly, and a further 13,000 in other logistics-related industries. The Hanover region offers numerous opportunities for training and qualification, and has a pool of skilled professionals for a broad range of logistical tasks.