The Basque Autonomous Community in the centre of the European Atlantic Axis
The CAPV –The Basque Autonomous Community- is strategically located in the centre of the European Atlantic Axis. This position, as a point of passage between peninsular markets and the rest of Europe, puts this community at the heart of an area of influence.
Its location, along with its network of first-class logistics and transport infrastructures, perfectly coordinated and interconnected with each other and with the major European networks, make the Basque Country an irreplaceable Multimodal Logistics Platform for the transport of goods and people in south-western Europe. The Basque Country is the gateway to Europe as a logistics hub on the European Atlantic Arc and to the rest of the world, especially Latin America, where there is a strong presence of Basque companies and institutions.
The area of influence which covers:
- A 2,000 km corridor connecting more than 10 EU regions.
- 80 million people: 25% of the population of the euro zone.
- More than 2 billion euros in GDP: 30-40% of GDP of the euro zone.
- A corridor between ports: more than 60 ports with total traffic of over 650 million tonnes per year.
The Financial Times ranks the Basque Country as the best medium-sized European region in Connectivity (logistics) and one of the best in its foreign investment strategy (2016-2017 ranking)
The fDi report by the British publishing group Financial Times has ranked the Basque Country as the best medium-sized region in all Europe in connectivity (logistics) and as sixth with the best foreign investment strategy. In addition, it is the fifth best region in Southern Europe in all indicators for attracting investment as a whole. de inversiones en su conjunto.
The Port of Bilbao
Is one of the most important logistics centres on the Atlantic route for access to the European market. It provides regular maritime services with connections to 800 ports around the world. Standing on a land surface area of 350 hectares (865 acres), it boasts logistics operators specialising in different multimodal transport chains and sectors as diverse as petrochemicals, raw materials, steel products, foodstuffs, etc
The Port of Pasaia
Is a natural harbour, formed by a bay that provides total shelter for vessels. This means that loading and unloading work can be performed safely throughout the year, regardless of the condition of the sea.
Airports and Railways
Along with the ports, the International Airport of Bilbao (with more than 4 million passengers per year), the airport of Vitoria-Gasteiz (one of the most important cargo airports in Spain), San Sebastián airport (in Hondarribia), the new high-speed rail network and the most modern and extensive roads, etc. make up the integrated multimodal infrastructure network of the Basque Country.
Mobility and Logistics Cluster
The Mobility and Logistics Cluster has three main areas of activity around which its partners are grouped:
- Mobility: Promoting the movement of people.
- Logistics: Improving the flow of goods throughout the supply chain.
- ITS: Optimising the infrastructures necessary for the transit of people and flow of goods by the development and application of intelligent systems.