The changing pattern of world trade, and its continued growth of 6-7% a year, has had a powerful effect on international freight flows. There has been a big increase in cross-border transport, and countries with growing economies have a larger share of their production goods in foreign trade. The development of production centres in locations far from consumption centres has led to lower production costs but higher transport costs. More reliable and efficient freight transport is now required, with more uniform levels of service quality. This article discusses how the International Union of Railways is responding to this situation. It has set up six new global rail-freight corridors, on the basis that it can develop and offer a suitable competitive transport product only through collective efforts. The corridors are: (1) from Japan and China through Central Asia to Europe; (2) from China to the Middle East and Eastern Europe; (3) from South East Asia to Central Asia and the Middle East; (4) from North West Africa to Europe; (5) from South Africa to East Africa; and (6) from North America to Europe. The locations of the first four of them are indicated in the article's map. The container will be the global freight transport unit, so that it is vital for it to achieve full compatibility with other modes.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
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  • Authors:
    • Sharma, V
  • Publication Date: 2000-2


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 12,14
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  • Accession Number: 00790330
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM