The strategic location of Poland is making the country Transportation and Logistics (T&L) center of Europe connecting Eastern and Western part of the continent. Thanks to two core network corridors—Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)—passing through its territory.
Beginning from Belgium, the North Sea-Baltic Corridor runs through eight-member states of the EU—the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
On the other hand, the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor—north-south railway corridor— connects industrialized areas like Warsaw, Vienna and Northern Italy while passing through Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Italy.
The development of infrastructure in rapid pace along with TEN-T corridors are fueling the growth of local industry in Poland. This is expanding their (local industry) reach to neighboring markets effectively and efficiently as Poland is located at the center of EU market where the country exports over 85% of the total outbound volumes.
Apart from TENT-Core Network Corridors, the low labor costs and robust improvement in transport infrastructure quality is gradually making Poland one of the competitive T&L destinations in the Europe.
Due to this, the transportation industry of the country is estimated to witness over 5% growth in short-term. Whereas, driven by surging of e-Commerce and government’s investments in infrastructure, logistics is likely to propel further.
In order to strengthen country’s logistics sector, the Polish government has allocated an estimated budget of nearly US $4 billion for the construction of 330 km of express roads in between 2016 and 2018.
In addition, realizing country’s potential in the space of T&L, the EU allocated nearly 28% of total EU funds to Poland in the perspective of 2014-2020. This amount which is translated to around US $30 billion will be spent on sustainable transport and on improving infrastructure.
Besides, the rise of e-Commerce industry is also contributing significantly in the growth of country’s logistics market. Of the total warehouse space, e-Commerce accounts for nearly 60% at present. This promising sector (e-Commerce) is predicted to grow at double digit—10%—annually reaching nearly US $20 billion by 2020. It means logistics market of Poland is emerging as sunrise sector with booming e-Commerce.
Furthermore, with the development of infrastructure, Poland already emerged as warehouse hub of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). At present, more than 50% of CEE’s warehouse facilities are located in this CEE nation.
Considering promising growth in the space of T&L and country’s proximity to large German market, big firms are opening their logistics centers in Poland. For instance, the US based e-Commerce giant Amazon is favoring Poland than Germany because of competitive P&L services, skillful human resources and low labor costs. This e-Commerce behemoth—Amazon—has already established five logistics centers in Poland.
Moreover, Polish government’s plan to construct 1800 new roads—expressways and national roads—in next five years followed by billions of dollars investment in railway infrastructure and maritime transport will make country’s T&L sector more competitive in the region. As a result, more investment will be attracted in country’s e-Commerce space along with other sectors of economy. Whereas, T&L itself will emerge as lucrative industry of over US $122 billion by the end of this year contributing over 23% of nation’s economy.
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Subarna Poudel is a researcher with Frost & Sullivan. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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