Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Zhang, Sabrina. 2018. Eurasian Rail Freight in the One Belt One Road Era. In 30th Annual NOFOMA Conference - Relevant Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research, Hrsg. Stentoft, Jan, 769-798. Kolding: Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark.


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Purpose This paper presents an overview of the recent development of Eurasian rail freight in the One Belt, One Road Era and further evaluates its service quality in terms of transit times and transport costs compared to other transport modes in containerised supply chains between Europe and China. Design/methodology/approach A trade-off model of transit time and transport costs based on quantitative data from primary as well as secondary sources is developed to demonstrate the market niche for Eurasian rail freight vis-a-vis the more established modes of transport of sea, air, and sea/air. In a scenario analysis, further goods attributes influencing modal choice are employed to show for which cargo type Eurasian rail freight service is favourable. Findings At present, Eurasian rail freight is about 80% less expensive than air freight with only half of the transit time of conventional sea freight. Our scenario analysis further suggests that for shipping time sensitive goods with value ranging from 1.23 USD/kg to 10.89 USD/kg as well as goods with lower time sensitivity and value in a range of 2.46 USD/kg to 21.78 USD/kg, total logistics costs of Eurasian rail freight service beat all other modes of transport. Research limitations/implications (if applicable) We focused solemnly on containerized block train services offered by major rail transport operators and looked on service quality only in terms of transit times and transport costs. Practical implications (if applicable) Nowadays, Eurasian rail freight seems to be an option beneficial in terms of transport cost, transit time, reliability and service availability, which enables shippers to build up agile and sustainable supply chains between China and Europe. Original/value Our study firstly provides a comprehensive assessment of present Eurasian rail freight.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Eurasian Rail Freight in the One Belt One Road Era
Title of whole publication 30th Annual NOFOMA Conference - Relevant Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research
Editor Stentoft, Jan
Page from 769
Page to 798
Location Kolding
Publisher Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark
Year 2018
ISBN 9788791070938
URL http://www.nofoma.net
Open Access N

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Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
External
Zhang, Sabrina (Flexport Inc, HongKong, China)
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Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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