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The Middle East, the geographical crossroads between three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe, inadvertently becomes critical to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. As a gateway to these regions, the Middle East would be a missed opportunity if not engaged with. Apart from that, the area has access to three strategic water bodies: the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. As of now, 136 countries have signed development MOUs with China. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, China integrates the framework of “1+2+3 elements”: energy cooperation, infrastructure building, and nuclear power industry.

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Intermodal and multimodal transport are the buzzwords of the industry. Many logistics companies engage in these forms of freight movement depending on the contract and optimisation of the freight process. In this article, we engage in a deeper exploration of these two forms of transport to understand their significance in moving goods between Asia and Europe. Furthermore, what interests us is the scope of these forms and what opportunities can be carved from them.

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Anil Mantra Logistix, a New Silk Road Network member, was awarded the Asia Logistics and Supply Chain Leadership Award this month, organised by the prestigious Asian Leadership Awards. Hosted since 2011, Asian Leadership Awards salutes remarkable business leaders and organisations in Asia for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.

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New Silk Road Network’s member IGS Schreiner GmbH has recently invested in four new swap bodies that are now delivered and in use. This is an initiative into investing in development and growth. Swap bodies are standard freight containers typically used for road and rail transport. Swap bodies are known to be more durable and secure as compared to regular containers.

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Turkey holds a significant position between Europe and Asia, acting as a critical gateway. Along with Austria ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG), New Silk Road Network ‘s partner Pasifik Eurasia has strengthened its operations at Köseköy terminal in Turkey. This collaboration aims to promote Turkey as the ‘future market for Eurasian rail transport’.

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