Tech firms take the China train

Cheaper than air, faster than sea, the train from China to Europe is a boon for multinational exporters.

23rd December, 2012
Chinese freight train: used by BMW, Volkswagen and Audi to transport car parts to China for assembly. Photo: Bloomberg

Multinationals operating in China have been setting up factories deep in the interior in search of affordable labour. The drawback: These plants can be more than 1,000 kilometres from the coast.

For companies exporting to Europe, still one of the largest markets for Chinese goods, shipping by air from Chong-qing or other inland cities is too expensive. Trucking or carrying goods by train to the ports of Shanghai or Shenzhen's Yantian and then shipping them to...

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