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Year of Logistics update

We’re in the middle of our Year of Logistics, so let’s take a look at what we have done so far, what is planned for the rest year and how you can become involved!

The Year of Logistics serves as a common thread in our activities, tying together our events and advocacy initiatives. Our goal is to put forward the importance of the logistics sector to the Belgian economy, showcase the logistics and supply chain activities of international companies here and draw attention to potential areas for improvement in Belgium’s logistics sector. We want to ensure that international companies continue to say #Yes2Belgium!

The Importance of US Companies in Belgium: Logistics

In May, the Chamber published a new report in our Importance of US Companies in Belgium series, focused on logistics. The publication is based on a survey and illustrates how Belgium is a logistics gateway and an important hub in the global supply chains of many US companies. In the publication, we have collected ten testimonials of US companies active in logistics in Belgium. Given the special importance of the pharmaceutical sector in country, and the presence of state-of-the-art infrastructure, unique know-how and skills, the publication also zooms in on pharma logistics.

Events

The organization of logistics-focused events is a key part of our Year of Logistics, whereby we aim to combine knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities.

A first event Shaking it up: How New Technologies are Reshaping the Logistics Industry was organized together with ING Belgium – the main sponsor of our Year of Logistics – in May 2018. A panel of experts discussed new technologies, including 3D printing, drones and automation, and the impact they can have on the logistics sector. The overall conclusion: If Belgium acts quickly, adopting new technologies and investing in the infrastructure capacity to handle increased flows, technology can help grow the sector. Click here to read more about the event. 

During a second event Antwerp as a Logistics Hub: the Chemical Industry Case Study, organized at the Antwerp Port House, a panel of experts looked into Antwerp’s status as world-leading logistics hub for the chemical and petrochemical industry and discussed clusters, competitive advantages and challenges for the future of logistics in Belgium. Click here to read more about the event

Looking ahead, we have already planned four company visits in the coming months:

  • September 18, 2018: Nike’s European Logistics Campus: Register now!

And save the date for:

  • October 16, 2018: Skechers’ European Distribution Center
  • November 8, 2018: Katoen Natie
  • November 21, 2018: Brussels Airport Cargo Hub and DHL

Logistics Working Group 

We have also setup a Logistics Working Group, a forum where logistics and supply chain experts can meet and discuss the future of the logistics sector in Belgium. The Working Group has already had the opportunity to meet with several stakeholders, and more delegations are being planned. Do you want to participate in this Working Group? Get in touch with our Policy Coordinator, Christophe Van Elewyck.

How you can get involved 

  • By attending one of our events [register now]
  • By joining the Logistics Working group [email Christophe]

We hope to see you soon! Keep an eye out for more information on the upcoming events in our Year of Logistics.

Do you want to know more about the logistics sector in Belgium? Check out our publication and the June issue of AmCham Connect, our monthly newsletter. Our Year of Logistics sponsor ING has a dedicated webpage on logistics, which you can find here.

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