Press Release - Working Paper 325

Economic importance of the logistics sector in Belgium

In 2008 the NBB published its first study on the economic importance of the logistics sector in Belgium. Since the market environment has changed radically since then, the NBB conducted a new study of this sector at the sector’s request.

The study estimates the economic importance of the logistics sector via two channels: the direct and indirect effects. The calculations were conducted for the period 2010-2015 with the emphasis on 2015, and were based on microeconomic data obtained from the annual accounts filed at the NBB’s Central Balance Sheet Office.

The study of the sector’s economic importance is supplemented by an analysis from the social and financial angle, presenting the results of the social balance sheet, the financial ratios, the NBB’s financial health indicator, and the credit risk based on the NBB’s In-house Credit  Assessment System.