International Rail

International Rail

In-depth coverage of international rail, including news, trends and analysis.

Commentary

On the surface, China’s Asia-Europe rail subsidies seem like a slam-dunk win for shippers, a free lunch. But as the axiom states, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” And that axiom applies to international shipping as well.

News & Analysis

A freight train in China.
20 Nov 2018
The network has evolved from a series of single shipper-driven services to more than 50, and a unique rail advantage, along with growing national economies, is at the core of the uptrend.
Rotterdam port.
30 Oct 2018
The volume increases at Rotterdam and Antwerp come despite a steady decline in container imports from Asia that can be seen in the latest data from Container Trades Statistics.
A freight train travels across China.
29 Oct 2018
China is expected to begin enforcing a rule early in 2019 that will allow only full trains leaving for Europe to be subsidized, but judging from the industry reaction to the move, it is not expected to have much impact on the rapidly expanding network.
Samskip.
19 Oct 2018
The new Amsterdam link will provide greater service resilience for the Netherlands-Italy rail option, as the connections to the two Dutch ports will run on different routes, enabling a flexible response to any rail-related or port-related delays, according to Samskip UK trade manager David Besseling.
A freight train travels across China.
04 Oct 2018
China’s government has invested billions in the China-Europe rail network, and volume, propelled by subsidies, has surged. However, those subsidies have created other downsides for shippers and the broader market.
Russia Trans-Siberian Railroad.
02 Oct 2018
The new route connects the South Korean port of Busan and Russia’s port of St. Petersburg and involves the port of Vladivostok as a transit hub and then the Trans-Siberian Railway to move container cargo to Russia and other European destinations.
Rhine-Alpine Gateway.
02 Oct 2018
The Rhine-Alpine Gateway is one of Europe’s most important rail routes connecting the Mediterranean ports with the economic heartland of Central Europe, handling half of the trade between northern Europe and Italy via Switzerland.
China-Europe rail.
20 Sep 2018
The China-Europe rail services have been growing rapidly as shippers seek a price/time middle ground to that offered by costly-in-comparison and faster air cargo services to cheaper but slower ocean routing.
A freight train travels in Russia.
04 Sep 2018
Historically, Russia attracted Asia-Europe cargo largely destined for Northern Europe. But now Russia wants another piece of the Asia-Europe transport pie.
A freight train travels in Russia.
05 Aug 2018
China-to-Europe via Russia rail transport has been in an uptrend since 2013, and global growth and consumer trends point to even stronger growth ahead if rail officials can meet the infrastructure and related needs of shippers.
20 Jul 2018
E-commerce and high-speed rail are enabling China-Europe rail services to give the air cargo industry a run for its money.
16 Jul 2018
Asia-Europe shippers are looking more at southern European ports as intermodal bottlenecks slow container delivery through some of the big North Europe gateways.
A freight train in Russia approaches Moscow.
19 Apr 2018
Cargo can now make the East Russia-Europe trip in about six to seven days, as opposed to 10 to 11 days previously, owing to railway improvements that enable higher speeds.
A street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
23 Mar 2018
Container Corporation of India Ltd.’s train will transport 60 TEU in its debut journey, which will be treated as a trial run. Officials will start regular service within two months, after removing any bottlenecks identified during the trial trip.
A freight train in Mexico.
08 Mar 2018
The Mexican agency probing allegations of a lack of competition in the country's railroad sector has dropped the case, saying there is insufficient proof.
A freight travels in northern Russia.
07 Mar 2018
According to railroad RZD, container cargo delivery time on the new rail route will be substantially shorter than sea transport.
Europe rail freight.
26 Feb 2018
The European Union is pushing further for rail freight development. In addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent, facilitating the free circulation of goods within Europe is part of the European Union's DNA. And the quality of inland transportation is a key success factor regarding port development.
Rail transport.
14 Feb 2018
The key north-south rail link is flowing again, after the section between Milan and Basel had been closed for two weeks, but challenges remain, as terminals work to clear a huge container backlog.
Russian rail transport.
12 Feb 2018
Russia would like more cargo containers transported by rail in the years ahead.
08 Feb 2018
Chinese shippers of fresh produce to Russia may soon have a cheaper option for transporting products to the Moscow markets as rail freight enters the picture.
06 Feb 2018
The improving economies of Central Asia are pushing up demand for rail freight across Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
Belarus transit hub
01 Feb 2018
Not all shipping hubs are water-based. Land-locked Belarus is strategically positioned, geographically, to become a major transit hub for container cargo transported from China to the European Union via train and truck.
26 Jan 2018
The upgrade to the line is driven by the long-term outlook for refined product exports to Mexico, the company said.
02 Jan 2018
The company said the line, dubbed the Kathmandu Express, is designed to meet Nepal's growing import trade.
21 Dec 2017
The launch of the new route became possible only after the lifting of sanctions against Iran by the international community.
21 Dec 2017
The rails' inability to increase their market share over road could threaten public funding of the sector.