AP Moller-Maersk (Denmark) has established a rail and sea freight route connecting China and Europe via Central Asia. This is a new transport route linking Asia and Europe by rail and sea amid the growing tension in the Ukraine, which has led to the suspension of air routes over Russia. The aim is to secure an alternative mode of transportation to air transport and at the same time promote a modal shift.
The new transport route offered by Maersk will connect China and Europe via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Romania in approximately 40 days. Container trains from China will be transshipped at Khorgos on the Kazakhstan border before being loaded onto barges to Baku, Azerbaijan, at Aktau in that country. The containers will be transported to the APM terminal in Georgia Poti and then via feeder barges to Constanta, Romania, and then to other European destinations.