European Silk Road Summit 2023
Bridging Boundaries, Expanding Network

While the main route continues to exist, the last couple of years has given room to alternatives, bypasses and new cooperations with ports and the sea shipping industry. At the European Silk Road Summit 2023, we put our focus on alternatives, such as the Middle Corridor. We also take a deep dive into the Balkan and CEE region as entry points for Europe. Of course, we will also dwell on the business as usual, as the main route is still the preferred route to date.

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Main Route vs Middle Corridor

The Middle Corridor has grown dramatically in the past two years. What do the numbers tell us? What is the focus of large investing institutions now that the cards on the table are being reshuffled?

What can be done to increase the capacity of the Middle Corridor?

For this, we look at several sections of the multimodal journey: the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the role of Turkey.

The Balkan and CEE regions on the New Silk Road

How is the infrastructure in this part of Europe? To what extent can these markets be considered as being part of the New Silk Road?

About European Silk Road Summit

European Silk Road Summit is the biggest event dedicated for the Silk Road in Europe, bringing together over 300 rail freight professionals annually to discuss the latest developments on the route. The 7th edition will be held from 29 November to 1 December in Budapest, Hungary.

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For whom?

At each European Silk Road Summit, we welcome around 300 rail freight professionals within the industry worldwide. Together with international logistic providers, supply chain managers, shippers, consultants and carriers, we discuss the latest developments on the New Silk Road.

The summit is a must-attend event for all professionals active on the Silk Road and its connected network.

The summit brings together:

  • logistics providers
  • operators
  • shippers
  • supply chain managers
  • carriers
  • academics
  • policymakers
  • consultants

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Infographic: Eurasian rail freight traffic in 2023

The rail freight volumes on the Middle Corridor are only a minor share of the volumes on the main route of the New Silk Road. However, the Middle Corridor volumes grew exponentially, while the main route on the New Silk Road saw only a small increase. Another such ambiguity? While business on the main route could be better, transit times have been at an all-time low (which is a good thing).

In the run-up to the upcoming European Silk Road Summit 2023, our team has gathered some interesting developments about Eurasian rail freight traffic in 2023 in a downloadable infographic.

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Webinar: How to make the most out of the current Silk Road situation?

This year has certainly been difficult for rail freight forwarders focusing on the transportation between China and Europe. As the sanctions tighten, the northern route crossing Russia becomes even more complicated. Meanwhile, more developments are visible on another alternative route: Middle Corridor.

How do forwarders experience this corridor in their daily operations? Any bottlenecks that have been improved? What can we expect in the future? And most importantly, how can we make the most out of the current Silk Road situation?

In the run-up to the European Silk Road Summit 2023, the team of hosted a webinar during which the above questions were discussed together with the following guests

  • Dmitrij Hasenkampf, General Manager Sales & Business Development at RTSB
  • Miłosz Witkowski, Railfreight Director at Polish Forwarding Company
  • Yerzhan Nauruzbayev, Director of Business Transformation Center at KTZ (National railroad operator of Kazakhstan)
  • Irakli Danelia, Central Asia & Caucasus Region Business Development Manager at A.P. Moller – Maersk

Did you miss the webinar? No worries, you can now request to watch the replay. Fill in the form below to get access to the webinar replay.

Partner & commercial opportunities

European Silk Road Summit 2023 offers multiple possibilities for companies from start-ups to established organisations to strengthen their brand amongst the international rail freight community. Become a partner of the European Silk Road Summit 2023, promote your services to our dedicated audience and meet your new business partners!

Interested in becoming our partner? Then request our partnership brochure and find out more about the possibilities!

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