European Silk Road Summit
Building the business case in Europe
We would like to welcome you on the European Silk Road Summit on 26 and 27 November
Majorie van Leijen
Journalist RailFreight.com/responsible for programme
Rail traffic between Europe and China has rapidly gained popularity in recent years. What started as a single connection on the New Silk Road is now an extensive network with 16 European countries and more than 50 cities connected to nearly 60 Chinese destinations. The rail freight network, but also an increasing number of multimodal connections are pushing trade between the continents. The corridor is also under continuous development, resulting in better connections but also in new challenges.
Do you want to know more about the possibilities anno 2019? Are you curious to hear about the latest routes, multimodal connections, transit through Russia, policies such as the Chinese subsidies or the latest logistics solutions? Join us in the Dutch hub of Venlo on the 26th and 27th of November.
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The European Silk Road Summit offers all aspects relevant for transport and logistics providers. The following topics are on the agenda:
- Chinese policy
- The Dutch case
- New Silk Road becoming mainstream
- Transit through Russia
- Different modalities
- European hubs
- The role of the ports
- Dangerous goods
Why you should attend the European Silk Road Summit?
- Despite criticism and reluctance in Europe, the possibilities of rail traffic to and from China are still increasing every day.
- There are some serious hurdles facing the European industry, but these have given rise to viable alternatives.
- Multimodal routes are gaining popularity, despite the belief that they are too complicated. In this way, important ports are taking position on the New Silk Road.
- Important changes have taken place this year, such as the opening up of transit through Russia, and the slow down of financial support from the Chinese government. These developments will be discussed in length.
- Taking the train is still not convincing to everyone. Fruitful discussions will be held between stakeholders, researchers and shippers.
- This year we see more Chinese companies and institutions on the programme. This also means more knowledge on Chinese policies.
- Have you always wanted to see where the trains depart to China or beyond? Or wonder through the warehouses stored with traded products? The site visits bring you there. Do not miss it!
Around 250 logistics specialists will attend this conference. You will meet logistics providers, operators, shippers, forwarders, from the Netherlands and other countries involved. You will gain knowledge about the latest developments, understand the routes and connections and know how to take current business opportunities.
The main language of the conference is English.
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