Effects of freight villages in Germany

Project duration
03.2010 - 12.2010
Project funding
Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS)

In the Federal Republic of Germany, there are currently 35 freight villages employing over 50,000 people. In a recent study on the ranking of European freight villages by the Deutsche GVZ Gesellschaft (DGG), an excellent standard of performance is certified to German freight villages. After 20 years of freight village development in Germany, an extensive range of experience is available.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics and LUB Consulting Dresden analyzed the special effects of freight distribution centers in Germany. Both institutions bring their extensive experience, for example from the management of the DGG, in this project. The effects of freight villages are to be analyzed in the following areas:


  • Proof of employment effects
  • Proof of effects on modal shift, traffic reduction and traffic avoidance
  • Environmental effects (reducing CO2 emissions, air pollution etc.)
  • Cost-benefit analysis of public investment in the development of freight villages and the construction of combined transport terminals
  • Statements on specific site characteristics of freight villages to market the logistics locations in Germany under federal initiatives