New Silk Road hopes to increase Chinese appeal for Dutch products
Developed by NUNNER Logistics and in collaboration with TMA Logistics, the Port of Amsterdam and Rail Cargo Group, the new cargo train is part of the One Belt, One Road programme. The initiative was launched by the Chinese government to better connect the country with the rest of the world, and includes involvement from over 60 countries. The name of the initiative refers to the old Silk Road – an ancient network of transit routes that were central to trade between Europe and Asia for many centuries.
Due to increased delivery times for sea freight because ships are slowing down to save on fuel costs, NUNNER Logistics saw an increased demand for goods transported to and from China. Thus, transport by train offers a much faster alternative with much lower costs than air freight. The train travels 11,000 kilometers over 16 days and will run once per week, but it is expected to soon increase to two or three weekly services. The new connection will mainly transport products from China to the Netherlands; however, due to an improving Asian economy, the Chinese demand for Dutch products is rapidly increasing. Items gaining popularity are electronics, automotive, beer, infant-nutrition and luxury-textile goods.
Erwin Cootjans, CEO of NUNNER Logistics: ‘’We are proud to add Amsterdam to our Chinese railway network, in addition to the direct trains that we already have between China and Neuss (Germany) and China and Moscow (Russia). Amsterdam is the largest port in Europe after Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg, making it an important transport hub. The new connection makes it even easier for transporters, retailers and brands from the Netherlands and neighbouring countries to trade with and from China.’’
Learn more in the below video, in which amsterdam inbusiness' managing director, Hilde van der Meer, goes into detail about the One Belt One Road programme: