The Basel Region Logistics Cluster Initiative

The Canton of Basel-Stadt recognises the economic importance of the logistics industry and would like to actively support its development, so that the logistics centre of Basel can continue to be competitive in the long term.

The Basel Region Logistics Cluster Initiative was launched as a "Public-Private Partnership" in 2011 by the two Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, the industry associations and infrastructure operators together with the Basel Chamber of Commerce (HKBB). The Basel Region Logistics Cluster Initiative created an important tool for the further development of Basel as a logistics centre.

Since it is located in the border triangle of Switzerland, Germany and France, the Basel region is an important junction for various transport networks. Basel connects Swiss business with its European neighbours as well as overseas countries, and it represents the most important logistics centre in Switzerland. In 2012, 35% of Switzerland’s total imports and 42% of Switzerland’s total exports, in terms of value, were processed in the Basel region. Furthermore, Basel is located in a strategically important position along the European Rotterdam-Genoa freight corridor.

The Canton of Basel-Stadt is promoting the logistics industry, in addition to the life sciences and financial sector, within the framework of its target industries. This was recently confirmed by the Government in 2012 in their economic report.

In recent years, the Basel Region Logistics Cluster has pursued the following objectives:

  • Positioning the Basel region as a logistics location.
  • Demonstrating the economic significance of logistics.
  • Building a sustainable bridge between logistics, forwarders, politics, authorities and society.
  • Identifying the future challenges facing logistics.
  • Formulating and implementing a strategy including an action plan to develop the logistics location.
  • Encouraging exchange within the cluster.

Between 2012 and 2014, the Basel Region Logistics Cluster Initiative was in an organisational set-up phase, which the AWA, among others, was actively involved in. During this period, the objectives for the logistics industry were defined and numerous projects and events were carried out in the areas of education, environment and infrastructure, and land, in order to attain the defined objectives.

In 2014, the question arose as to whether the initiative should be continued after the initial period. An analysis of the needs of the companies showed that the logistics industry gains improved visibility through the activities of the logistics cluster initiative, and the challenges and needs of the industry can be dealt with more effectively. But the analysis also showed that further action is required. The 2015-2017 strategy (download a copy here Logistics Cluster Strategy 2015-2017) was developed based on the needs analysis and workshops with business representatives, and adopted in July 2014 by the Executive Committee of the initiative’s funding body. The strategy outlines which goals and actions the initiative will follow in the next few years. Compared to the development phase of the logistics cluster, the topics were supplemented or deepened, in order to achieve the goals and tasks for the logistics industry - adapted to the needs of the company and current challenges.

Five thematic priorities are to be processed in the future. Objectives were defined for each topic, along with the measures to achieve them. The measures within a focal topic were prioritised on the basis of their importance and urgency.

  • Infrastructure development
  • Training and knowledge
  • Dialogue
  • Logistics in urban areas
  • Green logistics

The first steps towards developing a concept have already been made in the topic of "Logistics in urban areas". Together with the Canton of Basel-Stadt, the Basel Region Logistics Cluster has initiated a freight transport concept, which aims to demonstrate with which measures freight can be further optimised by public authorities, and also private players. Urban freight transport is to be handled as efficiently as possible, and at the same time congestion on the roads is to be eased, and the pollution and noise levels reduced in residential areas. In implementing these measures, it must be ensured that the high quality supply of goods to the city of Basel remains consistent. The concept will be developed in close cooperation with the logistics industry and is expected to be presented in early 2016.

The funding body of the Basel Region Logistics Cluster remains unchanged and financing is now secured. Efforts are also being made to gain more partners. These sought-after partners include the Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, cantons and key companies. Partners can get involved in the process for implementing the strategy and propose other projects. As before, participation in the initiative is open to all interested companies and organisations as well as representatives from politics and management along the value-added chain of logistics. The logistics cluster is open to everyone. There is also the possibility to participate in working groups.

For more information about the Basel Region Logistics Cluster visit:



Economic Development
Dr. Fabian Streiff
Head of Economic Development
Utengasse 36
4005 Basel

Phone: +41 61 267 65 05