Germany is moving further away from the top spot as a logistics location it once held in a World Bank ranking. A German trade expert warns that not enough resources are being provided for more efficient infrastructure.
Riemann claimed the German government had been giving short shrift to important traffic infrastructure projects and increased the financial burdens on haulers. He also hinted the current toll system might be expanded to include other major roads.
"The loss of our former title as logistics champion as awarded by the World Bank doesn't mean the end of the world," Riemann said, adding the ranking in question now saw
"But the shortcomings in place are increasingly becoming a growth problem," he argued. Riemann said flexibility, quick solutions to traffic issues and reasonable prices for infrastructure usage mattered most in international competition. "But there's not much left of that in
He particularly complained about the government not having given the green light yet to gigaliners or super-trucks on selected roads, praising their economic and ecological advantages.
Riemann maintained that not enough money was being provided to maintain or expand the current traffic infrastructure in
The trade expert also feared that a renewed delay of
hg/jlw (Reuters, dapd)