RailFreight Webinars: United States VS Europe – Synergies and differences

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Europe and the United States have significantly different approaches when it comes to rail infrastructure and rail freight. For example, the US was among the first to launch a large-scale liberalisation of the sector, whereas in Europe small companies are competing with bigger state-owned entities. RailFreight.com will host a webinar in collaboration with the University of Denver on Thursday 25 May at 10 am (Central European Time) to analyse these and more differences.

The webinar will have two sessions. During the first one, the different approaches to rail freight in Europe and the United States will be discussed. In the second one, the different operational roles of rail freight will be investigated. Sign up for the webinar here.

The speakers

Speakers for the first sessions will be Kimia Khatami, Corporate Senior Director of Business Development at Anacostia Rail Holdings, and Onno de Jong, Senior Transport Consultant at Ecorys. Khatami will elaborate on the volumes of goods transported by rail in the US and how the country’s network is designed. De Jong will explain how the industry works in Europe and how institutions such as the European Union can get involved and shape the industry with policies and financing.

The second session will be led by Laura Fisher, Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Sundyne, and Hans-Willem Vroon, Director of RailGood. Fisher will provide insights into the most reliable transportation modalities in the US, the mix of modalities used, and the bottlenecks involved. Vroon will discuss the situation in Europe when it comes to rail freight operations. Both sessions will include short presentations from the speakers followed by a Q&A session for an interactive discussion.

Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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