New Silk Road threat to Schiphol Airport, not Port of Rotterdam

 

News article: New Silk Road threat to Schiphol Airport, not Port of Rotterdam

The New Silk Road forms a threat to western airports, rather than sea ports, according to ING’s Economic Office.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
How long before the chinese create a major cargo terminal for intermodal/containerised freight within Hong Kong as there clearly is not a terminal available right now which can connect this province with the Chinese freight network for pan asian routing.

With shipping now being challenged by the One road belt project the time must be approaching with rail freight will again come to Hing Kong and shipping will drop off save for the time savings alone.

New Silk Road threat to Schiphol Airport, not Port of Rotterdam

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  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

The article is right in saying that rail from China is not a threat to Rotterdam. That's 100% correct, it can't even make a dent in the volumes or the efficiency of sending freight by sea.

I'm not sure it's a huge threat to air freight though, because it's still taking 2-3 weeks.

I would see it as more of a threat to businesses in Europe (or other closer areas such as Morocco, Azerbaijan etc) which produce stuff which needs reasonably fast shipping times but is too bulky to send by air, as it provides a 'middle' option between air and sea (in terms of both speed and efficiency) which was previously unavailable from East Asia.

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