Quotation Kolar, Petr, Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Prockl, Günter. 2016. Trans Asian Railway: Containerized Trade Opportunities and Challenges for Central and East European Landlocked Markets. The One Belt and One Road (OBOR) Conference, Melbourne, Australien, 01.12.-02.12.




Since the 2000s, Trans-Asian Railway (TAR), including the links of Trans China Railway (TCR) and Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR), started to serve as inland transport routing alternative to the predominant container shipping on the maritime Royal Route (RR) between Far East Asia and Europe. However, once aiming on further integration of all the segments in order to speed up transit times, reduce high transport costs compared to maritime RR, and improve service reliability, these complex Eurasian intermodal transport chains face challenges. Based on qualitative research with semi-structured in depth interviews of key actors in the Czech Republic, the paper examines the perception of container inland transport chains for a diverse range of market players that are active in such a landlocked market in Central and East Europe (CEE). The research questions deal with competitive pricing, service time reliability and transit time determine changes in service supply by freight forwarders. It investigates the position taken by their customers and shipping lines in regard to TAR links. Although the empirical evidence is limited to a sample of market players in the Czech Republic, the results support valuable conclusions for importers demanding all-in transport services from Far East Asia to CEE landlocked hinterland markets.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Trans Asian Railway: Containerized Trade Opportunities and Challenges for Central and East European Landlocked Markets
Event The One Belt and One Road (OBOR) Conference
Year 2016
Date 01.12.-02.12.
Country Australia
Location Melbourne


Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
Kolar, Petr (Prague University of Economics, Czech Republic)
Prockl, Günter (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT 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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