Research - FEBRUARY 20, 2020

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Rotterdam tops list for port logistics investment

by Andrea Zander

According to new data from Savills, Rotterdam is the most attractive port in Europe for logistics investment, coming in ahead of Barcelona, Valencia, Antwerp and Hamburg.

Rotterdam, which tops the Savills European Port Logistics Opportunity Index (EPLOI), is one of the key gateways for goods into continental Europe, creating significant occupier demand for prime logistics space. A shortage of new development land and the tightened restrictions on building permits will help to sustain upward rental pressure in the market and maintain low logistics vacancy. Strong freight railway and waterway links to the rest of Europe also help give Rotterdam a strategic advantage.

Increased international trade has grown Barcelona’s port capacity by 70 percent over the past five years, the fastest growth of the top five markets. As a result, the Catalonia capital comes second in the Savills EPLOI with a score of 94.33. Third is Valencia, with a ranking of 89.93, where prime rents are

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