North Europe-Asia container train services rising to new levels
What is Global View on Container Transportations? What is Climate Impact of Transportation? Future of the Railgate Corridor?
These and other topical questions will be answered at Railfoum 26th September in Kouvola, "the Finnish Railway Capital" and Logistics Center Railgate Finland. Railforum 2019 seminar is focusing on container transports between North Europe and Asia, Future Trends in Markets and Investment Opportunities.
Thefourth edition of the Railforum –seminar in Kouvola brings together logistics operators, clients and decision makers in the field of logistics from 13 different countries. Seminar participants come from such countries as China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Germany – in addition to strong delegations from the Nordics.
This modern-day Silk Road – running from Kouvola to the Chinese city of Xi’an – is less congested than the Central European rail corridors. The Northern route is also 2,000 kilometres shorter than its southern counterparts. As the gauge width is the same in Finland and in Russia, there is only one reloading required along the way (on the Kazakhstan-China border).
The commercial potential here is vast. In the future, the cargo volume between Europe and China could well reach 1 million TEU / year. As of right now, transportation demand and capacity to both directions is constantly growing and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) spurs the development of rail cargo onwards, well into the 2020’s.
At Railforum 2019, we will explore this exciting new option to the fullest. There are also news concerning the Kouvola - Xi’an connection: Russia is now promising to allow the transit of food products through its territory which will, in turn, expand the scope of potential cargo. In addition, by the end of the year, the red tape surrounding hazardous materials transport will be reduced, too.
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