Contrary to the image that many people have of Zeeland, the region and its industrial areas are highly accessible. And congestion-free! In Zeeland you very rarely get stuck in traffic, have to put up with long waiting times for your ship or experience frequent and long delays in your data traffic. This makes transport within the region and in the hinterland beyond a piece of cake!
The Zeeland roads are extremely well maintained and are continually being upgraded through, for example, the addition of extra lanes to roads, constructing tunnels and roundabouts, and by coordinating water and road traffic so that both can flow optimally without unnecessary obstacles.
From Zeeland you can quickly access the international road network via Flanders or North Brabant and the motorways to the Randstad. In fact, the newly opened section of the A4 motorway at Tholen in 2015 has shortened the connection to the Randstad by about 20 minutes and by extension, also the connection with the ports of Rotterdam or Antwerp. The industrial estate of Tholen is also located close to this new motorway, making it a smart option for locating e-commerce and logistics companies.
In view of Zeeland’s unique location - in a world-class multi-port delta area - it is only logical that accessibility by water is second-to-none. Plus, the deep ports of Vlissingen (16 meters) and Terneuzen (12.5 meters) are just a stone’s throw away from the North Sea and so easily accessible for shipping.
But this is not all. There are also countless inland waterways such as the Seine-Scheldt connection that extends all the way to Paris, or the connection to the Rhine for further transport to Germany.
In the Zeeland ports, waiting times are minimized and efficiency is at a priority to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.
The ports of Zeeland Seaports are also accessible for freight trains. This means that goods arriving here can be transported further by train to the Dutch and German hinterland (from Vlissingen) or from the ship to the company’s own business premises (both in Vlissingen and Terneuzen).
In 2017, the European Union granted an application for funding by Zeeland Seaports, the province of Zeeland and the municipality of Terneuzen, to conduct an investigation into how to further improve accessibility for freight trains in the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal zone.
Apart from the transport of freight by rail, there is also a regular connection for passenger transport. Every half an hour, a train from Zeeland takes you via Rotterdam and The Hague to Amsterdam, with good connections to trains travelling to and from North Brabant, Utrecht (and further into the Netherlands) and Brussels (via Antwerp).
In Zeeland you benefit from the proximity of various airports. In only 45 minutes you can reach Antwerp Airport, and the Rotterdam The Hague Airport and the international Brussels Airport (Zaventem) are just an hour away. Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport can be reached within 1.5 hours.
Another option is that Zeeland also has its own heliport at Zeeland Airport and various helipads (Terneuzen, Goes and Zierikzee) for business and passenger transport. These are ideal for transporting offshore and maintenance personnel or for flying in business partners.
Of course, good, fast internet is indispensable for entrepreneurs and in Zeeland, you benefit from a fast fiber optic network. In the outlying area, use is made of the most modern networks working with LTE / 4G technology to quickly access the Internet.
In Zeeland there is an extensive underground pipeline network for the transportation of raw materials such as hydrogen. Handy for fast and safe delivery, but also for the exchange of substances as is done by companies within the Smart Delta Resources platform. A good example is the greenhouse horticulture sector in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen which uses surplus heat from Yara.