Launched in 2008, the IRU’s New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative (NELTI) has enteredits second phase as NELTI-2 in 2009, to collect further data over 2010-2011, includingthose provided by the Asian Development Bank on China compiled in the present report.
The second phase as NELTI-2 of NELTI permitted to draft a “Road Map” to identify-ing the challenges to be tackled as well as the measures required to reduce the timeand cost of the international road transport across the Eurasian continent. We are nowconfident that the implementation of this “Road Map” by decision makers on nationaland international levels will significantly facilitate international road transport and hencetrade between Europe and Asia, further improve the road transport industry’s productiv-ity and competitiveness in East-West trade flows and help integrate not only road trans-port systems but above all the various national economy on the Eurasian continent.Indeed two-thirds of the world’s population lives in Asia, working, producing and tradingwith the rest of the world – mostly through maritime transport. However, only interna-tional road transport, thanks to the high quality of its unique, flexible door-to-door ser-vices, is capable of interconnecting all the local, national, regional businesses locatedacross the Eurasian landmass to the main world markets.No country is landlocked to international road transport. Reopening the ancient SilkRoad to trade by international road transport – which currently carries only 1% of theEuro-Asian trade – not only offers an alternative for the transport of goods from Asia toEurope and vice versa, but, above all, drives economic and social development, politi-cal stability and, ultimately, progress and prosperity in all countries along various itiner-aries of the Silk Road.
IRU Secretary General