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New Silk Road Network’s member At-Abray’s Georgian office was awarded the IQ Net recognized certificate by the Director-General of Russian Register this year. At-Abray’s branch office has implemented and maintains a Quality Management System for the following scope: provision of services for cargo transportation by road, sea, rail, and air; terminal processing and customs clearance, storage and stacking of goods and containers, which fulfils the requirements of the following standard: ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015.

The Greek freight forwarding market is known to be competitive yet unique in many ways. Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, the Greek freight forwarders find themselves in an exciting position. Though the competition may be high, so are the opportunities. In recent years, the Belt and Road Initiative took an interest in the Port of Pireaus and has extensively increased its operations and investments there, making it a critical point in the Maritime Silk Road.

(Arian Maritime Team. Pic Credit: Arian Maritime)

Leveraging the rail options to transport new cars between China and Europe has been widely considered as one of few flagship cases of utilizing the New Silk Road. As a leading player in the vehicle transportation market, New Silk Road Network member CFR Rinkens actually began their journey with transporting classic cars from the US to Europe. With an eye for innovation, they employed special racks which allowed for the loading of up to 5 cars in one 40’ container, which ultimately lead to a partnership with Tesla and paved the way for them to venture into the new car logistics industry.

(CFR Rinkens Warehouse in Bremerhaven. Pic Credit: CFR Rinkens)

(Pic Credit Atlantic Forwarding Group)

New Silk Road Network's member Atlantic Forwarding announced the launch of their first block train which left Zaozhuang, China on 16th July, and is on its way to Duisburg, Germany. The block train is carrying fifty 40´HC containers, operated within their Rail of the Art (ROTA) – Express service. The train is charmingly called “Rosie I”.

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For logistics providers, the New Silk Road has been one of the topics that has snatched attention over the past years. The confusion around it is immense. For some, this is one of the most remarkable projects to connect Europe and Asia through the Eurasian landmass. For others, it is a series of infrastructural debt traps. Whatever the concern, it is now clear that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is here to stay, as the Chinese Communist Party in 2017 formally included the BRI in its constitution. This means that these developments will continue to occur, and now it is up to us in logistics to leverage the benefits and opportunities.

2020-21 saw some of the biggest logistical disasters, and no, we are not referring to the Ever given stuck in the Suez Canal. The Lebanon explosion in 2020 and the X-Press Pearl disaster a few months ago are prime examples of the mismanagement of dangerous goods. Almost every year, we hear of large oil spills in the ocean and port explosions that pose threats to economic, human and environmental aspects.

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