Real Logistics has been on the market since 2006. In 2010, Real Logistics made its first trip to China. Inspired by the infrastructure, scale & pace of operation, culture, and, above all, a civilization leap, Paweł Moskała, CEO, decided to start operating in the Chinese market. He shared his opinions with New Silkroad Discovery about the development of Real Logistics and the rail transport sector.
“Joining the JC Trans freight forwarding network in 2012 allowed us to flourish. Since then, we have started developing business relations with companies in China dynamically.” said Mr. Paweł Moskała. “The One Belt One Road Initiative has opened up new transport opportunities between China and Europe. Since President Xi Jinping visited Poland in 2016, there has been a real breakthrough in the development of rail transport on the China-Europe freight train route. Małaszewicze in Poland is the gateway on the New Silk Road to Europe. Rail transport from China to Małaszewicze takes about 18 days. On the 10th anniversary of our cooperation with partners from China, we opened a branch in Chengdu.”
How he analyze the impact of the war on Eurasian rail transport? “The war contributed to the search for transport alternatives. One of them is the implementation of transport bypassing Russia via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia to the port of Poti and from Poti further to Turkey or Constanta in Romania, and from there to Hungary.” But in his opinon, this trail will be challenging to implement.
“Transit time may be an issue. As of today, the average is around 40 days. We were declared a 20-day transit time, but I find it hard to believe. I can already see potential difficulties, for example, in the case of freight between Aktau and Atyrau -between the ports on the Caspian Sea to Baku and then with another transshipment in Poti. In the eyes of my imagination, I can see the congestion in Poti, which is a local port. It is a place where usually less cargo is reloaded than the plan assumes, Poti will become the main transshipment port for loads on the New Silk Road. I believe this could be a potential problem.”
In these days of challeging because of the war and sanctions, how could Real Logistics convince his clients to keep their cargo on the rail transport？“Already after the first days of the war in Ukraine, our partners from China asked how they could react to the situation. We are aware that many large global shippers have backtracked from rail transport on the New Silk Road , which runs through Russia and Belarus.” added Mr. Paweł Moskała，“The volume has dropped sharply, but this does not mean that rail transport from China has stopped running. For now, there is no embargo, and we haven’t noticed transport difficulties related to the transportation from China through Russia and Belarus to Poland. Europe hasn’t ended or blocked cooperation on the New Silk Road by the above-mentioned countries. Both imported and exported goods are continuously transported.”
Real Logistics have been operating on the market for 16 years. Now Real Logistics employs over 100 employees in many branches all over Poland and China. Vast experience gives us confidence. Over the years, they have developed many logistics services: organization of sea, air, road, and rail transport, customs services, warehousing, trading, and other services related to containers, cargo projects. According to the CEO, they focus on multimodality between road, rail and sea transport, but especially this year they want to implement even more rail transportations.
Reporter: Raphael Zhang