Chinese Railways, Why? Part 6 of 9

Chinese Railways, Why? Part 6 of 9

9/17/2014 Umut Türker 1834 Times Read

Why will they do this?


Before I discuss those other options, and for the benefit of clients and readers, I want to discuss the options that they have right now in moving cargo.


Before I discuss this section, I must mention that I wanted to provide factual and informative statements but was hampered by little or no applicable data. When I looked for information, there was just general information. When I looked for specific information, then too specific information was found. Moreover, there seemed to be “lies, damned lies and statistics”; some of the data seemed to contradict other data. Most pertinently, I could find relatively little useful and recent information about China. Thus, I shall focus on general information and observations, and include corroborating evidence when applicable or interesting.


For as long as they have existed, and perhaps for centuries to come, there are four ways to transport freight (until the above mentioned self-flying cargo comes about): by truck/lorry (land), by ship (sea), by plane (air) and train (land).


Especially in smaller and landlocked countries, freight is carried primarily by trucks. Even in larger countries, this may be the predominant form of transportation. However, in larger countries, this most likely would be accomplished through shorter distances. It is unlikely that any company would ship cargo from Nome, Alaska to Key West, Florida, or from Moscow to Irkutsk by truck. In the United States, about 70% of freight is done via trucks. In China, the trucking industry has been growing at an average annual rate of 13.8% from 2009 to 2014. 


I would presume that countries that export and/or import a great amount, and which have access to the open sea, would transport cargo primarily by ships.