Boom in Breakbulk Transportation Reawakens Famed Silk Road

Feb 14, 2012, 07:45 ET from UBM Global Trade

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Centuries ago, the ancient Silk Road connected China to East Asia and Europe and fundamentally changed the world. Today, expansion of the project cargo and heavy-lift transportation business is pushing a resurgence in this overland route's popularity. The current issue of Breakbulk Magazine examines economic and logistical arguments for moving goods from China into the European Union via road and rail.


Breakbulk carriers traverse a lengthy, rugged route that stretches from eastern China's ports and factories into Kazakhstan and further, carrying huge pipes, boring machines, turbines, generators and other machinery for use in the region's booming oil, gas and minerals industries. "I definitely knew this market was a playground for the future," Siddique Khan, president and CEO of Kazakhstan-based Globalink Logistics Group, told Breakbulk. While today's freight forwarder has more options, this route has retained a key advantage -- a relatively short distance. Via the Silk Route, cargo can be moved from China to Europe in 14 days, compared to nearly four weeks by sea freight, Khan said.

Breakbulk's January-February 2012 issue provides a comprehensive outlook for the year ahead, with commentary from industry executives worldwide on challenges and strengths for the sector, as well as predictions by Drewry Shipping Consultants' Susan Oatway for the ocean carrier side of the market.

Industry conflicts in Brazil -- from problems with its ports to the protectionist policies complicating development of pre-salt offshore oil discoveries -- and expansion and rebuild projects in Rotterdam and Thailand are covered, as well as the steel industry, forest products, piracy and more.

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