Container shortages on the New Silk Road, and possible solutions

Container train in Ukraine, source: Ukrainian Railway

Recently, the shortage of containers has become a source of frustration for the logistics industry. Due to the imbalance between China and Europe trade, a large number of containers is stranded in the European ports and terminals. Both rail and ocean freight operators are facing this problem, which is predicted to last until next year. Transporting empty containers back to China at low cost and with high efficiency might be the key to alleviate the shortage of containers in China. In this case, some new technologies could be taken into consideration.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “Container shortages on the New Silk Road, and possible solutions”

Aleena Mishal|17.11.20|06:59

thanks for helpful information about the current situation of cargo it helps us to find the solution. but one thing is sure if these problems continuously happen if will be very difficult for the shipping companies who are shipping to Europe and China.

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