The local industrial and logistics stock exceeded the 3 million sqm threshold, reaching 3.12 million sqm at the end of H1 2018, according to Romania's Industrial & Logistics Market H1 2018 report by Cushman & Wakefield Echinox. Almost 90% of the current stock is concentrated in Bucharest and in five other cities - Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Ploiesti, Brasov and Pitesti.
The industrial and logistics market in Romania had a cautious start, considering that only a little over 100,000 square meters were delivered. For the second half of the year, approximately 450,000 square meters are expected to be completed, more than half of the projects planned or under construction being located in Bucharest (54%). Outside the capital, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca and Ploiesti will attract the largest volume of deliveries.
Rodica Tarcavu, Partner, Industrial Agency, Cushman & Wakefield Echinox: „We observe a temperate market evolution, both in terms of constructions and transactions. We will probably see some particularly large retailers’ consolidations, along with the transfer of tenants to their own developments, all these operations being carefully analyzed, planned ahead and correlated with the main consumption indicators and the future growth estimations of those businesses. Demand has a balanced and healthy pace, with the industrial sector having an attractive potential for the next 2-3 years.”
The industrial & logistics demand in H1 2018 in Romania was of almost 120,000 sqm and it was largely represented by new transactions. Bucharest remained the most wanted destination, considering that about 53% of the rental volume was recorded here.
In H1, demand came mainly from companies belonging to the logistics, e-commerce and distribution sectors - accounting for approximately 73% of the total.
The vacancy rate for industrial properties remained at a low level, approximately 4%.
Headline rents for Class A units vary between €3.75 and 4.25 / sqm / month. For units larger than 5,000 sqm, rental rates are lower at circa €3.5-3.6 / sqm / month. The service charge, which covers property tax, insurance policy, security, technical maintenance and the landscaping of exterior spaces, varies between €0.6 and 0.9 / sqm / month.