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New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative, NELTI 2: Final Report and Road Map

New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative, NELTI 2: Final Report and Road Map

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Launched in 2008, the IRU’s New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative (NELTI) has entered its second phase as NELTI-2 in 2009. For two years, it monitored regular commercial deliveries and spanned the Eurasian landmass along five routes. This report presents the outcomes of these two years. It confirms that road transport links between Europe and Asia are economically attractive and are a viable alternative to saturated maritime trading routes. The report also concludes that in order to realise the growth potential of these routes, it is essential to remove the remaining procedural impediments at borders and to develop the necessary auxiliary infrastructure.

Launched in 2008, the IRU’s New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative (NELTI) has entered its second phase as NELTI-2 in 2009. For two years, it monitored regular commercial deliveries and spanned the Eurasian landmass along five routes. This report presents the outcomes of these two years. It confirms that road transport links between Europe and Asia are economically attractive and are a viable alternative to saturated maritime trading routes. The report also concludes that in order to realise the growth potential of these routes, it is essential to remove the remaining procedural impediments at borders and to develop the necessary auxiliary infrastructure.

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Published by: International Road Transport Union (IRU) on Jan 23, 2013
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FINAL REPORTROAD MAP
Undertaken by NEA Transport ResearchInstitute (Netherlands) in cooperation withthe International Road Transport Union (IRU)NEW EURASIAN LAND TRANSPORT INITIATIVE
 
CHAPTER 1. THE MAIN RESULTS OF THE IMPLEMENTATIONOF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE IRU PROJECT “THE NEWEURO-ASIAN LAND TRANSPORT INITIATIVE”2
Nowadays new and alternative transport ways are taken in consideration in order to dis-charge maritime transport as the major transport mode between Asia and Europe. TheNELTI initiative is one of them. With its global aim to contribute into the revival of theGreat Silk Route and promote Eurasian land transport corridor through Central Asia andthe Caucasus, it definitively represents a very interesting option for the transportation ofgoods between Europe and Asia. At the same time, the existence of the other alterna-tive transport links, for example, the project of the Transsiberian railroad revival, as wellas already established and well functioning maritime links between Europe and Asia,make it necessary to study in detail the competitiveness of NELTI Northern, Central andSouthern routes. For this reason the NELTI monitoring project was initialized. Its objec-tive was to get an entire picture of the situation in the region, designate existing prob-lems and see clearly the advantages and disadvantages between existing alternatives.I am sure this report will strongly contribute to achieve above objective and improve theland transport corridor between Asia and Europe.
Menno Menist
Managing Director NEA 
 
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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.
Martin Marmy
IRU Secretary General

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