China has launched an ambitious infrastructure project known as “One Belt, One Road” (or “New Silk Road”), which creates extensive trade connections between Asia, Europe, and Africa. A significant part of this initiative is a freight rail network that directly links China to Europe.
This network can be a viable alternative to traditional sea shipping for Europe and Africa-based companies. For instance, a freight train journey from Chengdu in China to Warsaw in Europe typically takes between 10 and 14 days. This is considerably quicker than the month or more often required for sea transport. This allows for greater flexibility and faster responses to shifts in market demand.
Rail transport tends to be more expensive than sea shipping but less costly than air freight. Rail can be an ideal option for goods where there’s a need to balance cost against speed and where air freight is too costly.
Certain factors must be considered when choosing a logistics solution, including customs regulations, the nature of the goods, and specific transportation conditions. Rest assured that at Ark Electronics, we work closely with logistics experts to provide our clients with the most efficient and cost-effective solutions tailored to their unique needs.