5th edition of European Silk Road Summit held in Amsterdam

Rail freight along the New Silk Road has proven its efficiency by keeping the supply chains running during the pandemic. The industry acquired a more reliable and resilient profile, but new concerns and opportunities emerge as the New Silk Road develops. Rolling stock is not always available, and container prices fluctuate. What steps lie ahead for rail freight to reach a stable corridor?

These topics and more will be discussed during the fitfh edition of the European Silk Road Summit. This year, this high-level event will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is expected to be the largest edition so far. It will also be the most interactive edition, as the programme details not only presentations, but also workshops and networking sessions.

Russian transit

As strict pandemic measures are still carried out on the Chinese border, more and more traffic is transited through Russia. Also upcoming are the Far Eastern ports of Russia, especially the port of Vladivostok. The Russian transit is a main topic on this year’s programme. We are welcoming high-level speakers from the region, and the parties involved on the corridor.

We will also be organising break out sessions, where participants can choose their topic of interest. On the agenda are chemical cargo as well as automotive. In the practical workshop sessions, other specific topics are discussed. How do you set up a legal entity in China? What is the common consignment note? And how do you connect a seaport to the New Silk Road?

Why Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a stop on the New Silk Road. But not with a direct link, there was not enough demand for that. Instead, Amsterdam fulfills a connecting role. With a short-sea link to the UK and a shuttle between Amsterdam and Duisburg, the largest European Silk Road hub, the Dutch port links traffic flows to some of the most important destinations on the New Silk Road.

After Utrecht, Tilburg, Venlo and our studio in Rotterdam (for the digital version), Amsterdam is therefore an ideal location for the 5th edition of this international conference. And as every year, participants will have the opportunity to visit a local terminal during the site visit.

Discount this week

This week is the last week that the early bird fee is still valid. This fee means a 150 euro discount. After this week, the standard fee applies. More information about this event can be found on the website. You can register for this event on the website as well.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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