Poland's favourable position on the map makes our country a natural container base for our neighbours, especially as three of the seven are landlocked. In addition, infrastructure investments mean that, over the last 10 years, the travel time from the south to the north of Poland has shortened, and it doesn't stop there. Further road investments carried out by the GDDKiA will ensure that Gdynia and Gdansk are connected to the national road network.
Work on the A1 motorway will be completed in 2023 and more than 564 km of the motorway will connect the Tricity with the Czech border. On the other hand, it will be connected to Slovakia and Ukraine via the Via Carpatia, i.e. the S19. These assets strengthen the competitiveness of Polish container terminals on the European logistic map, which is confirmed by the DCT data summarizing the first quarter in Polish ports.
Poland as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe
Port Gdansk closed the first quarter with a top position in the container ranking on the Baltic Sea. It also remains on the podium among all ports. In the first three months of 2021, the Port of Gdansk handled a total of 13.3 million tonnes of cargo.
In Q1 2021, DCT Gdansk Deepwater Container Terminal located in the Port of Gdansk handled over 515,000 TEU (20-foot containers), the Russian port of St. Petersburg nearly 500,000 TEU and the Port of Gdynia nearly 240,000 TEU.
“DCT Gdansk is the largest container terminal in Poland and the only facility in the Baltic Sea capable of handling the world’s largest ships afloat – the Ultra Large Container Vessels that operate between Asia and Europe,” says Cameron Thorpe, CEO DCT Gdańsk. He adds that deliveries directly to or from DCT Gdansk provide the lowest cost, highest efficiency and lowest carbon footprint for intercontinental containerised goods.
“As a result, Gdansk has become the prime location for containerized cargo to be discharged and reloaded, embedding the terminal into the Central Europe region’s supply chain process. Further logistical integration in the port area therefore becomes crucial to build upon this opportunity. Efficient and resilient logistics networks are essential for the smooth running of today’s 24/7 global economy, especially in times of sudden supply-chain shocks – like the recent lockdowns,” explains Cameron Thorpe, CEO DCT Gdańsk.
Development of ports means development of the warehouse market
“Thanks to the expansion of ports and the growing importance of e-commerce, Pomerania has long been gaining importance on the warehousing and logistics map of Poland,” says Klaudia Dąbroś, Consultant, JLL.
According to JLL expert, A thriving economy, modern business infrastructure and a favourable coastal location are increasingly attracting leading warehouse developers eager to exploit the region's potential. The Pomeranian Logistics Centre, currently being developed under the GLP brand, is the best evidence of this trend. The entire facility comprises over 150,000 square metres of warehouse, production and office space. It is located right next to the DCT Deepwater Container Terminal in Gdansk. It is an intermodal centre which plays an important role in the Trans-European Transport Corridor linking Poland with the rest of the world and allowing customers to optimise their logistics costs and processes.
“The Pomeranian Logistics Centre is GLP's flagship investment in Poland. There is still room for expansion with new facilities meeting the highest functional and environmental standards. Currently we are planning the construction of the fifth building with an area of 39,000 square metres, which will be ready already for Q4 2021,” says Magdalena Górska-Wojtas, Business Development Manager, GLP Poland.
The Pomeranian Logistics Centre is expected to have a total area of 500,000 sqm.
New solutions within supply chain
The location in Gdansk allows logistics companies to offer and create new solutions within their clients' supply chains. According to industry representatives, it has also been recognised by companies looking for logistics operators on the continent due to Brexit.
“Thanks to the branch located in Gdansk, our clients have been able to maintain continuity of supplies with the highest quality, and at an effective cost,” underlines Agnieszka Moździerz, Branch Manager, DSV Solutions, Gdańsk branch. DSV Solutions designs and delivers tailor-made logistics solutions, including a wide range of additional services, such as port and customs handling, supply chain and stock management, production, co-packing, customised handling, weighing and many more. “The proximity of the port is one of the elements behind the choice of location in the GLP park, where we already have two warehouses,” adds Agnieszka Moździerz from DSV Solutions.
“The more warehousing, truck depots, agency offices, roads, rail tracks and facilities that are created in the close vicinity to DCT Gdansk, the more value it adds to customers, simply because the logistics process becomes more inter-connected and efficient. It creates jobs, supports investment and ultimately delivers value to the end user – the consumer,” highlights Cameron Thorpe, CEO DCT Gdańsk.
“Having warehousing facilities near container terminals can significantly reduce the cost of transporting goods. This solution speeds up the process of getting the product to the market and reduces the risk of damage,” says Klaudia Dąbroś, Consultant, JLL.
According to experts, Poland is already a natural container base for our neighbours. However, the increasing reloading capacity of ports and new warehousing investments around ports may become an important factor of further development of the logistics market in our country.
The noticeable increase in the importance of Polish ports on the European transport map is also a great opportunity not only for Poland, but also for the entire Central Europe in the coming years.