China's "Belt and Road"

China's "Belt and Road" plan is a multi-billion initiative aimed at linking Asia with Europe and Africa, and the countries in between. The plan, formerly known as "One Belt, One Road," brings together the landside Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road developments. The Silk Road Economic Belt connects China, Central Asia, Russia and Europe (the Baltic), linking China with the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean through Central Asia and West Asia, and connecting China with Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Indian Ocean. The 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road is from China's coast to Europe through the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean on one route, and from China's coast through the South China Sea to the South Pacific.

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US exporters and importers from the East Coast perhaps will drive rail and trans-Atlantic transport combinations that can offer better reliability than ocean routes to and from Central China.

News & Analysis

06 Feb 2018
The improving economies of Central Asia are pushing up demand for rail freight across Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
12 Dec 2017
HMM said in December that Samsung SDS, LG Electronics, Hyundai Glovis, and several other companies have expressed interest in Asia-Europe rail.
04 Dec 2017
The growth of rail volume on the China-Europe rail routes has been rapid in the past year, but limitations on the trade route are being exposed.
30 Nov 2017
The opening of the Turkmenbashi seaport in Turkmenistan gives shippers interested in using China-Europe rail one more routing option.
08 Nov 2017
APM Terminal's Zeebrugge facility is now 76 percent owned by Cosco Shipping Ports.
30 Oct 2017
China had planned to divert 15 percent of its overall container flows between it and Europe.

Commentary

A joint rail and trans-Atlantic routing could take about 27 days. Trains are getting faster and ocean carrier reliability is better on the trans-Atlantic than on Asian services.

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