Category: ESR 2019

The much debated truck vs train question resolved

Which is faster? The train or truck to China? The answer will depend on the perspective and hence, different parties have varying statements on the debated train versus truck question to China. The truth is, the travel speed is more or less the same. The advantage of the truck is in the last-mile delivery, point… Read more ›

New Silk Road: thinking outside the state

<strong>The West misunderstands the significance of the Belt and Road Initiative. That is the view of award-winning professor Richard Griffiths of Leiden University in the Netherlands, also fellow of the International Institute for Asian Studies. He has examined the collateral benefits presented by the New Silk Road, extending far beyond the end-to-end trading opportunities with… Read more ›

Switzerland wants direct rail freight connection with China

<strong>A direct railway connection between Switzerland and China could be realised next year. Currently, trains run from Basel to China via the German hubs of Duisburg and Hamburg. However, a direct connection could benefit trade between the countries, said Tufan Khalaji, Managing Director at the Swiss branch of Nunner Logistics.</strong> In April this year Switzerland… Read more ›

Chinese subsidies for the New Silk Road on a decline

What has been anticipated for many months now seems to be happening. The Chinese subsidies for rail freight traffic to Europe are on a decline. The government has put in place ceilings on the local subsidies, which will be lowered even further in 2020. This was reported by several industry experts. There is been no… Read more ›

From Atlantic to Pacific by rail and still fresh

The Eurasian railway corridor must be extended to the Norwegian port of Narvik, where it marks the final departure for long-haul transport to the US. It would make the Nordic Silk Road complete. This was the main takeaway at the RailGate Kouvola conference, held on 26 September in the Finnish city. The Nordic Silk Road… Read more ›

Logistics hub Venlo on the map in China

Venlo may be a known a logistics hotspot in the Netherlands, it is still a relatively unknown destination in China. A cooperation between three parties is to change this. Chinese companies should know that the city on the Dutch-German border has everything to be the logistics hotspot of Europe. That is at least the ambition… Read more ›

Venlo host to European Silk Road Summit 2019

While China, Russia and Kazakhstan are ambitiously developing the New Silk Road, Europe is equally important, as it is the other side of the transport chain. Large logistics hubs have understood this and taken position on the New Silk Road. Among them is the Dutch hub of Venlo: host to the European Silk Road Summit… Read more ›

Japan/South Korea – Europe multimodal route has options for new branches

This September the recently tested multimodal route between South Korea and Poland becomes a regular service. It already has the potential to be extended with new branches. Katarzyna Uklejewska-Krawczyk from PCC Intermodal explains the main features of the multimodal route and its prospectives. The history of the new route started a year ago when the… Read more ›

Fresh Norwegian salmon on the train to China

By the end of this year fresh salmon from Norway will be transported to China by rail. This will be done through Russia, which now permits the transit of previously sanctioned products through its territory. Micael Blom, railway consultant in the Nordic countries is fully engaged with this groundbreaking new supply chain. The journey of… Read more ›

Lifted Russian ban on transit traffic: big advantage with many questions

Russia has lifted the ban on the transit of EU fresh products. What impact will the decision have on the European logistics industry? Which products are allowed for transportation via Russia? What requirements should the shippers meet to receive approval? These questions have been discussed at the RailFreight Webinar took place on 19 July. On… Read more ›