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Transportation Arrangement of Perishable Goods from Asia to European Part of Russia

Student: Anna Nikiforova

Supervisor: Alexander Mayevskiy

Faculty: St.Petersburg School of Economics and Management

Educational Programme: Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

The following paper describes problems and special aspects of transportation arrangement of perishable goods from Asia to European part of Russia, why the subject is important. It acknowledges the main quality of perishable goods - short shelf life which dictates the necessity for the fastest possible delivery. Furthermore, this research explains the influence Russian import ban on EU products had on the Russian-Asian international trade market of agricultural goods. The purpose of the research is to find the best transportation method from Asia to European part of Russia which corresponds to all aspects of perishable goods transportation. The opinion of different authors on this topic is analyzed. A new unexplored way of transportation arrangement is proposed in this project in order to fulfill all the criteria of perishable goods transportation from Asia. The suggested delivery option is evaluated and compared with other available shipping options using the overall performance indicators. The New Silk Road train concept is explained and examined as the most efficient delivery option. In the results it can be seen that the use of The New Silk Road train is most likely to provide competitive advantage for the logistic operators in the highly congested market of perishable goods transportation. Keywords: perishable goods, delivery methods, the New Silk Road, competitive advantage, transportation, shelf life, refrigerators, international trade.

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