COUNCIL OF INTERMODAL SHIPPING CONSULTANTS
ANNO XXXVI - Numero 31 MAGGIO 2018
JOINT EFFORT TO EXTEND "BELT AND ROAD" NETWORK -
DIRECT LINE TO THE FAR EAST
The strategic project of the New Silk Road is of particular
importance to ÖBB.
With the first direct freight train from China to Vienna, Rail
Cargo Group (RCG) - ÖBB's freight division - successfully
launched its next train connection between Asia and Europe.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has now been signed between
Rail Cargo Group and DHL Global Forwarding with the aim of
establishing regular connections along the Eurasian corridor.
Opportunities of the One Belt - One Road Initiative
The New Silk Road consists of three routes: an in essence
already existing Northern land link through the Central Asian states
via Moscow and a Southern land link via Iran and Turkey to Europe.
There is also a sea connection via the South China Sea, the
Indian Ocean and the Red Sea to the European Mediterranean ports.
The scale of the project is fascinating: 65 countries with a
population of 4.4 billion people are located in the catchment area
of the New Silk Road.
Figures of up to 1.3 trillion dollars are cited as the
The New Silk Road holds enormous potential for the Austrian
economy and direct access to a rapidly growing market.
A major advantage for rail transport is that it is
environmentally friendly, cheaper than air freight and faster than
The aim is to achieve a transport duration of around 10 days
until the year 2020.
DHL and RCG have already handled the first direct train from
China to Austria.
With the intensified cooperation, new connections between Europe
and Asia will be implemented.
A Memorandum of Understanding has now been signed between Thomas
Kargl, Board Member for Sales of Rail Cargo Group, and Steve Huang,
CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China.
"Trade between China and Austria is booming.
This makes it all the more important that we offer our customers
attractive connections and a strong network.
With the MoU and their collaboration, RCG and DHL are sending a
Together we are bundling our know-how and network,"
explains RCG Board Member Thomas Kargl.
The aim of the cooperation is to expand rail transports on the
Eurasian land bridge through the six countries of China, Kazakhstan,
Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria.
This includes the increase in freight transport capacity and the
sustainable establishment of alternative routes to the existing
Customers benefit from RCG's high-quality network in Europe and
its expertise on the Transkazakh Silk Road routes, coupled with DHL
Global Forwarding's international forwarding services.
"This key partnership comes in the wake of Austria's
Economy Minister having signed 30 business deals worth USD1.9
billion with Chinese companies last month.
The MOU combines RCG's deep expertise in regional rail
infrastructure with DHL's end-to-end forwarding capabilities and one
of the world's broadest multimodal networks, giving customers in
Europe and China a potent new alternative to tap into the
opportunities heralded by the Belt and Road," explains Steve
Thriving economic centre Chengdu
It is no coincidence that the Chinese province is the starting
point for future transport operations.
With an intended increase of one trillion yuan by 2022,
especially in the biomedical, automotive, intelligent manufacturing
and e-commerce sectors, the region has immense potential for
high-end exports between China and Austria.
"The Chinese market is particularly attractive for us and
Vienna is an important hub for transport operations to and from
Starting from the Vienna South Freight Centre, the goods are
distributed throughout Europe - between the North Sea, the
Mediterranean and the Black Sea. In return, we offer customers from
European industry a direct line to Asia with our shuttle services,"
Rail Cargo Group: Freight traffic of the ÖBB
The Rail Cargo Group is one of the leading rail logistics
companies in Europe with annual sales of 2.2 billion euros and 8,700
Together with strong partners, the Rail Cargo Group offers a
comprehensive network of door-to-door-logistics in Europe and far
beyond to Asia.
It connects European conurbations and ports with prosperous
economic centers in Russia, Turkey and all the way to China. The
Rail Cargo Group's lead operating company is Rail Cargo Austria AG.
ÖBB: Austria's largest mobility service provider
As a comprehensive mobility service provider, the ÖBB Group
brings 459 million passengers and 115 million tons of goods to the
destination in an environmentally friendly manner every year.
92 percent of traction power comes from renewable energy
sources, 90 percent from hydropower.
In 2017, ÖBB was one of the most punctual railways in
Europe with around 96 percent punctuality.
Throughout the Group, 41,107 train and bus employees (plus
around 1,900 apprentices) ensure that around 1.3 million passengers
reach their destinations every day.
The Group's strategic lead company is ÖBB-Holding AG.
(from: railjournal.com/railcargo.com, May 16th 2018)
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