The international Conference aims to promote the dialogue between the transport and logistics stakeholders of Baltic Sea Region and China on the issues based on the outcomes of the first CIFA and EWTCA Conference in Qingdao on 23 September,2015, as it serves as the basis for transport and logistics business promotion in BSR and along Europe –Asia transport links via Baltic, seeking to:

  • jointly build smooth, efficient and secure transport and logistics networks connecting China with Europe (via Baltic);
  • improve interoperability of logistics centres and transport hubs including major seaports (in order to produce new services and products) along the transport routes connecting China with Europe (via Baltic);
  • create a large transport junction connecting China with Europe (via Baltics);
  • call transport business stakeholders and the respective railway authorities to work on starting regular railway operations connecting China with Europa (via Baltic);
  • establish a joint body for the negotiations on cooperation-related issues and seek the consensus;
  • initiate R&D activity and promote transport and logistics clusters development along the transport links connecting China with Europe (via Baltics);

Connectivity between the two regions should take into account new innovative intermodal and multimodal supply chain solutions that serve both as alternatives and complements to the traditional transport routes and means to deal with the growing trade volumes between Asia and Europe. In this context, the new international multimodal transport corridors and routes need to be efficient, secure and economically and environmentally sustainable. These routes could also serve to promote new “green” transport technologies.

Smooth cargo delivery is assured by well-developed railway infrastructure, synchronized train schedules, competitive tariffs, intermodal terminals, streamlined state border crossing and customs clearance procedures. Rail transportation helps the ports to constantly increase cargo volumes, speed up vessel traffic and cargo handling operations and thus avoid freight congestion, vessel demurrages and cargo damage. Container trains Viking, Mercury and Saule (Sun), Intermodal dry ports in Vilnius and Kaunas and Klaipėda Seaport, sea link Klaipėda – Karlshamn, VIA BALTICA road are good examples of international cooperation among companies and authorities. Integration of transport potential, especially, railway transport and logistics infrastructure into Eurasian landbridge connections improve accessibility in order to strengthen the joint Baltic market potential and increase odds to turn the BSR to an EU’s gateway to Asia.

Target audience: Railway companies, forwarders, terminal operators, maritime companies, port authorities and companies, representatives of public authorities, transport researchers.

Conference will be attended by high-level officials from Lithuania and foreign countries.

The main organisers of the Conference:

  • East West Transport Corridor Association (EWTCA)
  • China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA)
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania (MoTC Lithuania)
  • Klaipėda Seaport Authority
  • Logistik Initiative Schleswig-Holstein e. V., Kiel
  • Lithuanian Road Administration