Belt and Road Initiative

The "Belt and Road Initiative - B&R" also known as the "One Belt One Road - OBOR" is a development strategy proposed by China that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between countries of Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Its actual Chinese name 丝绸之路经济带和21世纪海上丝绸之路 literal translation is "The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road".

This deployment helps dis-enclave Central Asia land-locked countries, integrate Eurasian super-continent, and promote Africa infrastructure and economic development. Despite being voluntary loosely defined, so as to give space for opportunity & creativity, it does include the following countries:

Afghanistan
Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Bhutan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
China

Croatia
Czech Republic
Egypt
Estonia
Georgia
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kazakhstan

Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Myanmar

Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Poland
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia

Slovenia
Sri Lanka
Syria
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

Many more countries of Europe, Africa, Oceania and the rest of the world see the benefits of being on the Belt and Road map and now look at this deployment favorably. As a consequence, there is a trend for many to voluntarily include themselves in the Belt and Road strategy through an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) participation or otherwise.

Map published in March 2017 in  MERICS  and reproduced by courtesy of  Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Map published in March 2017 in MERICS and reproduced by courtesy of Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

The Belt and Road initiative is geographically structured along 6 corridors, and the maritime silk road:

  1. New Eurasian Land Bridge, running from Western China to Western Russia

  2. China–Mongolia–Russia Corridor, running from Northern China to Eastern Russia

  3. China–Central Asia–West Asia Corridor, running from Western China to Turkey

  4. China–Indochina Peninsula Corridor, running from Southern China to Singapore

  5. Bangladesh-China-Myanmar Corridor, running from Southern China to Myanmar.

  6. China–Pakistan Corridor, running from South-Western China to Pakistan

  7. Maritime Silk Road, running from the Chinese Coast through Singapore to the Mediterranean

SLI has created a transportation desk specializing in the Belt and Road countries. That means it offers cross-border overland transportation and customs clearance services along the New Silk Road as well as all corridors defined by the Belt and Road deployment. For the Maritime Silk Road, it offers regular FCL and LCL sea-freight services from/ to all Belt and Road countries located in North Asia, East Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Air-freight is also offered from/ to all international airports of the Belt and Road countries and beyond.

Due to lack of infrastructure, many of those countries know a higher rate of incidents during transportation, and cargo security is key. To secure your shipments, SLI offers both tracking & tracing as well as risk mitigation services in those trades. For more information on how we can support your Belt and Road transportation needs, please contact your local SLI representative.