Impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative on the China-Europe trading route selections

Xin Wen, Hoi Lam Ma (Corresponding Author), Tsan Ming Choi, Jiuh Biing Sheu

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This paper investigates the potential of Belt and Road economic corridors to serve as China-Europe trading route alternatives. By constructing a new Route Utility Function considering cost, environmental impact, mode reliability & security, transit time, and infrastructure reliability, we demonstrate the remarkable advantages of the corridors over the traditional ocean route and their heterogeneous impacts on different regions of China. The importance of considering infrastructure reliability for trading route selections is highlighted. More importantly, the analyses of this study could generate insightful implications for proper logistics planning under the development of other economic cooperation and trading agreements throughout the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-604
Number of pages24
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • China-Europe trading
  • Economic corridors
  • Route selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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