Euro Supply Chain 2023

Interview with Nicolas Boidevezi, in charge of Goods Transport and Logistics at the DREAL Grand Est

Terminal rail-route de Nancy-Champigneulles

ORT&L Grand Est
Can you present your structure in a few words? The Regional Transport and Logistics Observatory of the Grand Est is an association of about thirty public members (State administrations and local authorities) and private members (representatives of transport and logistics professionals and major freight players such as the ports of Strasbourg and Lorraine, SNCF Réseau and VNF). It is a place of exchange that produces and disseminates knowledge and a shared vision on transport and logistics in the region, born in 2017 from the merger of the three observatories of the former regions of Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne. We have a website: What is the state of play of the supply chain in the Grand Est? The Grand Est, by its border position with Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, is located at the crossroads of European flows. On a national level, the west of the region has the advantage of being close to the Paris region. Industry and agriculture represent 23% of GDP in the Grand Est, while the French average is 16%. This strong activity generates logistics and an export dynamic that can rely on two modes of transport that are more developed in the region than elsewhere on the national territory: river and rail. Pre-pandemic figures show that rail freight, with 360 trains per day, represents a quarter of national freight. On the river side, the port of Strasbourg is the second largest inland port in France, Mulhouse is the third largest, and Metz is the largest grain port. 87% of the volume is shipped internationally. Road transport is of course largely dominant thanks to two major routes: Alsace and the Lorraine corridor. Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne and Troyes are also important logistics centers. The transport and logistics sector employs around 126,000 people, half of them in transport and logistics companies, the other half in companies in other sectors. What are the observatory's short-term projects? This year, one of the biggest actions responds to a desire of the State and the Region to bring together public and private actors on the major issues of the profession. Thus, the Board of Directors and the President of the Observatory have decided to organize workshops to promote the writing of a roadmap on the evolution of logistics in the region, develop its strengths and meet its challenges: infrastructure, employment and training, attractiveness, environment, etc. Recently, the observatory published a document accessible on its website at the end of 2021, "Alternative motorizations and conversion aids", to facilitate the greening of vehicle fleets by transporters. With the Region, we have built a logistics portal accessible from the dedicated website to bring together all the information and contacts useful to the profession. In the coming months, an atlas of multimodal platforms will enable shippers and logisticians to better understand the different modes of transport in the region, with an interactive map. It will be accessible on this same portal. In the medium and long term, what are the observatory's prospects? The panorama dating from 2016 and the dashboard published in 2018 will be updated. The information will be collected during a survey of all actors and this survey can be fed by the workshops organized this year. Thus, professionals will have updated indicators, which will formulate the situation of logistics in Grand Est and its challenges, in a synthetic manner, with figures and maps accompanied by analysis.