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In the first decade of the 21st century, Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries emerged as new markets in Europe as they strengthened their economies and political processes. This allowed them to open up to the global market, creating a fertile and competitive environment. In 2012, China discovered the untapped potential of the CEE economies and pursued 17+1 Cooperation. This Cooperation was signed by 17 CEE countries and China, as it aimed to enrich cooperations in transport, logistics, trade and investment. It even promoted cultural and academic collaboration between the countries.

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(Pic credit: CSL Sp. z.o.o)

Observing an industry's characteristics helps a company provide services that are unique and creative in nature. With that spirit, New Silk Road Network's (NSRN) member CSL Sp. z o.o., Poland, is involved in a new project of Nearshoring.

Nearshoring allows a business to spread its operations to countries that share a border with them or are in their geographical vicinity. The choice is usually the closest neighbouring countries. CSL Poland informs us that due to the pandemic caused lockdowns, there have been challenges in delivering goods from China.

Apart from tackling the coronavirus by creating vaccines, one of the biggest challenges that stands on the doorsteps of the healthcare industry and governments is the transportation and distribution of vials. First doses have already been administered in Western nations like the USA, the UK and Germany. Many other countries are expected to start rounds of vaccination in the coming days.

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(Pic credit: East West Intermodal Logistics)

New Silk Road Network’s partner East-West Intermodal Logistics is constructing the largest and the most modern railway intermodal combi terminal in Europe. They are on track for the trial operations to commence in January 2022. Situated at the gates of the European Union in Fényeslitke (Hungary), near the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, the East-West Gate (EWG) will be the continent’s first land-based intermodal combi terminal using green technology and its own 5G network. The theoretical capacity of the terminal is 1 million TEU per year. Built at one of the strategic points in the economic corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative, the EWG can play a key role in delivering goods between Asia and Europe via an alternative route, delivering faster and in larger quantities than before.

As the end of the year approaches, we had the opportunity to speak with New Silk Road Network’s member Ocean Bright Logistics. Pioneers in sea freight, and steadily establishing a firm footing in rail freight, Ocean Bright has more than a decade of experience in servicing their local and global customers.

In our conversation, we had the opportunity to speak with David Ma, CEO of Ocean Bright. We explored various topics from the company's founding in Shanghai to the current situation caused by lack of space and equipment and the company's future developments. Moreover, we look into the company's latest offerings in block train services, that has been running since November.

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All of us can agree that 2020 has been a unique year. A monumental year, that changed not just the course of history, but also affected our daily routines and life decisions. This year has been the most demanding for the logistics industry, due to the pressure of a raging pandemic and geopolitical variabilities.

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