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Switzerland's main river port in Basel to be expanded

Staff Writer | September 29, 2017
Both Basel cantons and the federal government have agreed to upgrade the Port of Switzerland in Kleinhüningen on the edges of Basel to strengthen the national logistics hub.
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The cantons of Basel-City and Basel-Country, Switzerland's Ministry of Transport and The Port of Switzerland, in Basel, have come to an agreement to expand Switzerland's main port complex.

"This includes the construction of a third harbor basin in the port of Basel-Kleinhüningen," communicated the Swiss government on Wednesday September 27th.

The Port of Switzerland is a key logistics hub for the country on the River Rhine. It consists of three ports in the two Basel cantons: The ports of Birsfelden, Muttenz and Basel-Kleinhüningen. Basel-Kleinhüningen is the largest of the three.

"More than 10 per cent of all Swiss imports that find their way here on the Rhine from all over the world via ocean ports like Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam are handled in Basel, Birsfelden and Muttenz," according to the port's website.

The port complex has large grain solos as well as storage facilities for petrochemicals.