Nippon Express to gain largest distribution centre in Rotterdam

Nippon Express Nederland BV, W. P. Carey Inc. and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have entered into a contract for the development of the largest distribution centre ever in Rotterdam. After expanding the current warehouse by some 32,600 square metres, Nippon Express’s facility at Maasvlakte will be the first logistics centre in the port of Rotterdam with a floor area over 100,000 square metres.

Nippon Express krijgt grootste distributiecentrum Rotterdam

Nippon Express Nederland has been active in the port of Rotterdam as a logistics service provider since the late 1970s. In early 2015, the company signed the lease for a 70,000-m² XXL warehouse at Maasvlakte, owned by logistics real estate investor W. P. Carey.

Largest in Rotterdam

The planned expansion concerns 31,487 square metres of new warehouse space and 1,130 square metres of office space. This brings the distribution centre at a total floor area of 103,951 square metres – making it the largest warehouse in Rotterdam as well as one of the largest in the Netherlands overall.

Logistics hub

“We are delighted that W. P. Carey and Nippon Express Nederland have once again decided to invest in their Rotterdam facilities,” says Danny Levenswaard, the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s Distribution & Warehousing Manager. “It attests to Maasvlakte’s strong position as a logistics hub.”

Distripark Maasvlakte West

Over the past few months, there has been a strong interest in logistics real estate in the port of Rotterdam. In fact, earlier this year this led the Port Authority to decide to develop another 100 ha of land at Maasvlakte 2 into a new distribution park. This new estate, dubbed ‘Distripark Maasvlakte West’, is the only greenfield site in Rotterdam’s port area left available at this point in time.