EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Hasselt; Prov. Limburg (B); Vlaams Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Tessenderlo


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
52 - Warehousing and support activities for transportation
Number Employed: 1500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 22-10-2020
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Planned Job Creation: 200

Additional Information

Kuehne+Nagel has announced it will be looking for 200 additional employees for its distribution facility in Tessenderlo. The main motive behind the expansion is the increased demand for logistical services due to the current growth of e-commerce indirectly resulting from the COVID-crisis. The share of Belgians making an online purchase at least once a month rose from 48% in 2019 to 56% in 2020. In a later phase the company plans to hire an additional 400 employees. The low local unemployment rate, as well as the presence of other logistics operations in the area, will make it challenging for the firm to recruit the new employees. Large recruitment events have bee organised.