Eight Asian log hubs to remain dominant: CBRE

Eight of Asia Pacific’s logistics hubs are considered ‘global’ and will continue to dominate until 2030 according to CBRE’s recently launched Asia Pacific Logistics Hubs 2015 report. These Asia Pacific hubs include: Greater China’s Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin; Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka-Kobe; and Singapore. In order to produce this latest report, CBRE developed a new model for ranking the region’s logistics hubs based on primary demand drivers: Infrastructure developments, market demand and the business environment.


Eight of Asia Pacific’s logistics hubs are considered ‘global’ and will continue to dominate until 2030 according to CBRE’s recently launched Asia Pacific Logistics Hubs 2015 report. These Asia Pacific hubs include: Greater China’s Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin; Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka-Kobe; and Singapore. In order to produce this latest report, CBRE developed a new model for ranking the region’s logistics hubs based on primary demand drivers: Infrastructure developments, market demand and the business environment. The report categorises hubs as global, regional or local.

Th e report reveals that Asia Pacific’s global hubs share strong similar characteristics, while improvements in infrastructure, stronger population growth – particularly in China – and additional trade agreements between nations are helping to normalise the differences between these global hubs, making them more equal in logistics importance.

The report found, however, that other emerging regional and local hubs, such as China’s Chengdu, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo; India’s Delhi, Mumbai; South Korea’s Busan; and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, are also growing in importance due to the shift in low-end manufacturing, rising consumption power, infrastructure and policy developments.

While the current global hubs will remain dominant in 2030, these emerging hubs are set to rise in significance, regionally and locally, CBRE said in the report. “With these regional and local hubs in Asia Pacific growing rapidly, they will continue to shape the future supply chain of logistics, improving the economic outlook among the region.