Country Report: Belgium - Pharmaceutical Executive

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Country Report: Belgium

Pharmaceutical Executive


Geographical Gem

In the same way that Belgium is the leading European destination for clinical trials, the country is also a European leader for logistics and distribution. Its geostrategic location has played a central role in enticing multinational giants such as Janssen, MSD and GSK Biologics to establish international distribution centers in Belgium.


Sanofi – Health is Wealth
Although Belgium is a small market with 11 million inhabitants, companies situated in Belgium have access to a much broader market. Fully 60% of EU spending power lies within a 300-mile radius of Belgium. The strong presence of the pharma industry in Belgium highlights the strategic importance of the region, says Daniel Gagnon, EU region healthcare marketing director at United Parcel Services (UPS). "The motivation behind establishing our healthcare supply chain solutions facility in the region relates to the fact that it provides us with great capacity when it comes down to ocean, air and road transportation."


Dan Gagnon, Healthcare Logistics Marketing Director of UPS, EMEA
These attributes have also attracted logistics providers specialized in the life sciences industry. "As a country with a deep history in the pharmaceutical industry, boasting some of the industry's biggest players and a strong positioning in clinical trials, Belgium is undoubtedly an important component of World Couriers business," says Alain Moureau, general manager of World Courier. The company is a leading provider of premium full-service, value-added, GxP-compliant logistics services for global clinical trials, operating in close partnership with over 500 biopharmaceutical companies – including each of the top 50 global players – as well as with all major international CROs, clinical trial suppliers and central labs. Moureau explains that "since most of these companies have a presence in Belgium, the country plays an integral role in our business operations and is a strong contributor to our revenue stream."

Not only is the pharmaceutical logistics market in Belgium well established and highly attractive, it presents transportation service providers with ample growth opportunities. In response to client requests, World Courier recently expanded their services to address the need for specialized temperature controlled ground transportation services.


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