The impact of the war in Ukraine on the growth of the intermodal transport volume along the New Silk Road, cannot be underestimated. Michał Jaworski, representative of the Railway Transport Office Poland, informed during the Intermodal Conference that in the first half of 2022, 307.2 thousand TEUs were transported via Poland from China to Europe, 8.7% less than last year, reported by intermodalnews.
The biggest monthly decrease was detected in April, while 15,430 TEUs were transported from Asia to Europe, which means 56% less than last year. In June, 24,700 TEUs of transported volume has been achived, which marks a 30% decrease from last year.
According to intermodalnews, the largest decrease was visible at the Mamonovo-Braniewo crossing, which results from the fact that the Kaliningrad Oblast being cut off from Trans-Eurasian transport after the introduction of EU sanctions against Russia.
In additions, logistics operators also notice some positive changes. For example, the quality of services and the punctuality of deliveries have been improved, the transit time has been shortened, Marcin Sidorowicz – director of the intermodal division of Spedcont said. The main reason was the reduction in the transported volume along the New Silk Road.
Krzysztof Izdebski, President of the Management Board of CMC Logistics Poland said that the new challenge after the outbreak of the war was to maintain the trust of customers. Fortunately, after a period of uncertainty and impact, when many companies suspended orders for rail transport from China, they began to return to Małaszewicze.