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New Silk Road Network's (NSRN) 2nd Spring Social Event was held on March 22nd and 23rd this year with the participation of our valuable members. The first day of the NSRN Spring Social event was devoted to presentations and Q&A sessions, and the second day to networking sessions. Similar to last year’s Spring Social event, our presentations are always hosted by our members and are aimed to stimulate exchange of practical info and know-how. Below is brief recap of the conversations that took place, collectively contributing to our knowledge hub.

Transit through CIS/Middle Corridor as alternative route:

The first morning kicked off with a presentation from Mr. Kemal Karaoglu from our member At-abraý/ Turkmenline. Given the impact of the current Ukraine – Russia conflict and EU sanctions against Russia, many companies pulled out from using the rail route connection via Russia and turned their attention to the so called “middle corridor”, connecting China and Turkey via the CIS region. In his presentation, Mr. Karaoglu gave a detailed overview of the current situation in the Black Sea and Caucasus region and discussed the feasibility and challenges along the Middle Corridor.

Presentation from Mr. Kemal Karaoglu from At-abraý/ Turkmenline

Transloading and transit via the Caspian Sea is one of the key routes for cargo to be delivered into the CIS region, however the operations are usually plagued with long waiting times and delays. Mostly recently though, New Silk Road Network’s member At-Abray / Turkmenline, managed a very quick and smooth turnaround, where they delivered some raw material for oil drilling from China to the Ashgabat region.

(Containers on rail in Poti Port, Pic Credit: Turkmenline)

As we enjoy the rare mild and sunny weather in Bremen right now, we are delighted to share a recent project carried out by our member Alexander Global Logistics based in Germany , amidst and in the aftermath of Storm “Zeynep” and “Ylenia”. This time round, the Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) team delivered a breakbulk shipment from Austria to Qingdao, China for a key customer.

(Pic Credit: Alexander Global Logistics)

In the New Silk Road Network, we have always been proud to host both young upcoming companies and longstanding legacy brands. Amongst the latter, Savino Del Bene definitely ranks as one of the oldest, with over 120 years of history. In this interview, we spoke to Mr. Sven Kiaup, Branch Manager of the new Bremen branch office of Savino Del Bene about the motivations of setting up this new location, their future development plans, and also the dynamics of the current freight forwarding and logistics market. We learn about their strong Italian roots and how this has and continues to influence the company on a global scale, as well as their new rail service, appropriately named the “Marco Polo Express”.

(Left: Stefan Krutsch, Right: Sven Kiaup, Savino Del Bene Bremen Team, Pic Credit: Savino Del Bene)

In late 2021, New Silk Road Network’s member Spedman Global Logistics’ Denmark office was assigned a contract to handle the delivery of 35 million Covid test kits for a governmental client. As the optimum means of transport to deliver the cargo on time was air freight, the entire load was split into 19 full charter flights of different airplanes. The shipments went onboard an Antonov An-124, a Boeing 747-400F and the world’s largest airplane, the Antonov An-225 Mrija.

(AN-225 Mrija, Pic Credit: Spedman Global Logistics)

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