As the logistics sector accounts for 5% of GDP in Flanders, innovations in this sector are key for the economic development of the region. In 2010 Flanders launched the "Flanders logistics" programme, that aims at further developing the region as a center of logistical activity.
One of the main objectives of this plan is to install a multimodal, sustainable and smart transportsystem. In this respect, large investment programmes are being implemented e.g. to enhance the accessibility of canals by raising the height of bridges or PPP programmes to develop waterside areas for economic activities. Flanders logistics is subdivided into Flanders land logistics, Flanders port area, Flanders inland shipping network and Flanders air transport network.