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SMART AND SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS FOR A COMPETITIVE EUROPE
The logistics sector is a key driver of EU economic integration and growth. Access to internal and global markets depends on efficient and cost-effective logistics throughout the EU for long-term economic prosperity. Logistics covers planning, implementing and controlling the movement of raw materials, semifinished products and finished goods (EC, 2007a). The efficiency of freight logistics has a direct impact on product prices and security of supply. Estimates put logistics at 12% of the total cost in the manufacturing sector and at more than 20% in the retail sector (EC, 2007b). This makes logistics a key determinant of the competitiveness of the EU economy. DOWNLOAD