GLS Belgium has commenced operations at the new parcel depot in Tongeren at the beginning of October 2020. The separate freight terminal at the site already started in February 2020. GLS has invested about 12 million euros in the land, construction and equipment.
Tongeren: one location, two depots
Tongeren is centrally located in the euro region. From here, the growth regions Limburg and Liège can be served just as efficiently as international connections. GLS Belgium also uses the site as a gateway to Germany and Eastern Europe.
The new terminal for parcel sorting covers 5,700 square metres and has 140 gates for delivery vehicles and long-distance trucks. An automatic sorting system increases productivity and facilitates the work of employees, transport partners and delivery drivers.
GLS can handle around 100,000 parcels and 7,500 pallets daily in Tongeren. Both terminals can be expanded as required. When planning the two separate buildings, GLS focused on integrating modern equipment for efficient and high quality parcel and freight handling. Equally important for GLS was sustainable operation.
To protect the environment, GLS uses recyclable building materials and relies on energy-efficient LED lamps. A heat pump heating system reduces CO2 emissions; a rainwater recovery system helps to save water. Over 900 solar panels on the roofs supply the site with sustainable electricity.
Tongeren in numbers
- Area of the site: 60,000 square metres
- Hall area: 5,700 square metres each
- Capacity: 100,000 parcels and 7,500 pallets daily
- Parcel sorting system: total length approx. 300 metres
- Investment volume: 12 million euros