Posted on April 13, 2024

Freight forwarders are using rail services between China and Europe, as a freight transportation alternative because of disruption to international shipping caused by the Red Sea attacks, emphasizing the rail route’s role stabilizing supply chains.

Houthis in Yemen have been attacking commercial ships “affiliated with and bound for Israel “since November. They describe this as an act of solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This has raised the risks for freight companies moving cargo through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, resulting in a surge in rates and lengthy delays.

Some smaller-volume cargo has shifted to rail transportation, notably on the China-Europe railway line, where the capacity to transport goods from China to the continent has increased significantly from the pre-crisis level.

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