The crisis on the border with Belarus will deprive us of profits from the business of reloading trains from China to Europe, informs Rzeczpospolita on Thursday.
As the newspaper writes, the protracted escalation of tensions on the Belarusian border may hit Polish interests on the New Silk Road. Possible problems with the operation of trains on the China-Europe route crossing the border may redirect the transit outside Poland.
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– So far, the Chinese side has treated Belarus as a very stable element of the rail supply chain to Europebut at the moment the situation has changed radically. That is why a certain redirection of cargo to other crossings and to other countries is already taking place – says “Rzeczpospolita” Teodor Kula, director of business development at the logistics company Done Deliveries, member of the board of the Polish Association of Logistics and Purchasing Managers (PSML).
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According to the daily, more and more competition for Poland is Russia and the Kaliningrad Oblast, whose share in the handling of goods reloading increased from 3 per cent. in 2019 up to 13 percent in the first half of 2021, a terminal in Kaunas is built, a broad-gauge line from Košice to Vienna is planned.
Hungary is struggling to redirect transit to itself, e.g. by revitalizing the Záhony border crossing at the border with Ukraine, competitive for the Polish Małaszewicze near Terespol – we read.
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Quoting the expert, Rzeczpospolita writes that in the context of the current crisis situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, the future of Małaszewicz’s position and the future participation of Polish-Belarusian border crossings in handling cargo from the East are questionable.