Spatial distribution of logistics hubs and sites in Romania
After Romania's European integration has been completed, this country is attracting even more attention due to geostrategic and economic reasons. In order to increase economic growth and living standards the development of transportation infrastructure is strongly required. Currently, the average speed of heavy goods traffic is still low, resulting long shipping times between the upper and middle centers. Logistics operation planning in this circumstance is very difficult task and the spatial distribution of logistics hubs and centers becomes extremely importance. This paper aims to determine the optimal spatial location of the major logistics hubs in Romania based on GIS research methods. As a consequence the catchment area of major cities and logistics parks has been defined based on travel time. Romania is investing mainly in motorway network, as well as in the rail-, air- and shipping transportation with the financial support of the European Union. This entails the appearance of new logistics hotspots: new motorway junctions and new intermodal transport hubs. The transport infrastructure development program has and will have serious impact on logistics activities.