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Austria as Central Europe’s Logistics Hub

Published: March 1, 2011; 00:29 · (Vindobona)

Austria's transport industry shows optimism. The employment situation is expected to improve still further.

Austria as Central Europe’s Logistics Hub / Picture: © Vindobona.org

A recent economic survey made by the WKÖ among companies in the mobility industry certifies: the industry is optimistic about its future. Both demand development and business conditions are classified by the industry as positive. However, uncertainties still exist, as Alexander Klacska, chairman of the Federal Traffic and Transportation Division of the WKÖ, and Divisional Manager Erik Wolf explained to journalists on Monday. "The business situation is not as stable as we would wish it to be," stated Klacska and referred to the assessment of the employment situation in the companies: for the first time since 2008 more companies are planning to recruit employees than those thinking of layoffs. "Whether this trend actually continues and more jobs are created in the industry depends largely on the question of where the companies that ensure growth will set up operations in future," said the Federal Chairman. "The Austrian transport industry is currently competing massively with other countries, and we risk losing volumes abroad. We need therefore a clear political commitment to the domestic mobility industry, "said Klacska.

In this context, he calls for an European regional policy: “Austria has to become the logistics hub of Central Europe. And to achieve this we need the companies to be where the demand is: here, in the heart of Europe!”

The raise of taxes decided by the federal government results in high over costs for the transport and traffic industry. But higher oil prices also reflect in fuel cost burdens for the companies.

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