Greek 3PL companies provide a full range of supply chain services, with a significant part of their income coming from warehousing and distribution activities, as well as from the organization and management of road transportation. The sector mostly comprises of medium- and small-sized companies, that operate in a highly competitive environment.
The Thriasio Logistics Center headlines a series of major logistics projects in the country
The most important logistics markets have developed around Athens and Thessaloniki and are closely linked to the country’s main international maritime interfaces: the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki.
The construction of the new intermodal freight and logistics park in the Thriasio Pedio plain, near Piraeus, will significantly enhance the port’s hinterland and will also facilitate the potential development of new operations and added-value logistics services. When fully developed, Thriasio will be one of the largest dry ports in Southeast Europe.
In addition, the logistics center to be built at Gonos, a former military camp in Thessaloniki – currently at the pre-feasibility stage – is expected to provide additional storing capacity to the port’s terminal and greatly enhance its potential.
The growth of the supply chain industry has also triggered the development of supply chain business parks, with the first two major investments implemented at the Oinofyta industrial zone and at Igoumenitsa in Western Greece.
A comprehensive and modern road network leads the growth of road freight transport
Road transport in Greece suffered a dramatic reduction between 2009 and 2015 – however, the international freight component of the road freight market has been growing steadily since its record low in 2011, boosted by the expanding international trade through Greek ports – primarily Piraeus. The further increase of international trade volumes transshipped via Greece and the recovery of the Greek economy, can be expected to further boost road transport activity in the coming years.
Greece has one of the most developed road networks in Southeast Europe, consisting of more than 2,145 km of highways and motorways. In terms of tonnes of commercial road transport, Greece ranked 11th among EU countries in 2019, with 354m tonnes, compared to Germany’s 3.2b tonnes.