Belt and Road

More than 2000 years ago, the Silk Road linked eastern China with the Mediterranean in the ancient world’s longest and most storied overland trade route. Today, a confident China is constructing the 21st century equivalent, designed to ensure the efficient movement of goods between east and west.

The Belt and Road initiative (One Belt, One Road or OBOR) isn’t a single project. Rather, it’s a comprehensive strategy to make the global supply chain more efficient. Robust maritime routes will connect China with Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Direct rail will link China and Russia to the Middle East and Western Europe. Rail moves goods far more cheaply than by air and is twice as fast as shipping containers by sea. In January 2017, the first China-UK freight train arrived in London, covering 7,500 miles in 18 days from Yiwu in eastern China.

The projects that together comprise belt and road – railroads, roads, tunnels, terminals, ports plus power plants and pipelines in 60+ countries – have the potential to turbocharge already robust trade between China and the EU. Beyond facilitating trade, belt and road will spur development and investment all along its route.

Prologis, the world’s largest owner and operator of industrial real estate with logistics facilities adjacent to key railway and shipping nodes in both Europe and China, will play a vital role in facilitating the flow of goods along belt and road. In important logistics markets as disparate as Wuhan and Xi’an China, the Rhine-Ruhr area in Germany and the Midlands in the UK, Prologis offers state-of-the-art logistics facilities with easy access to the Belt and Road infrastructure.

Belt and Road Route

Rail Connected Logistics Space

  • 33 Million Square Feet
  • 145 Buildings
  • 5% of European Portfolio
Data as of December 31, 2019 for assets the company owned or had investments in, on a wholly owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects.

Markets Along Belt and Road

This is a photo of Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Capital of a Rising Consumer Economy

With a population of about 1.7 million, Warsaw is the dynamic, sprawling capital of Poland—a nation of 38 million that is rapidly integrating into the global economy.  Measured by purchasing power parity, Poland has grown into the world’s 25th-largest economy.

Warsaw is Poland’s political, financial, cultural and commercial capital. Thanks to...

This is a photo of Rhine-Ruhr, Germany

Rhine-Ruhr, Industrial Capital of Western Germany

The Rhine-Ruhr is a highly industrialized, densely populated region of Western Germany that includes the major cities of Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. With a population of about 10 million, the region is the third-largest metroplex in Europe, after London and Paris. Rhine-Ruhr is one of the world’s 10 largest economic regions.

This is a photo of London and South East, England

London and the South East, Dynamo of the UK Economy

With a metropolitan area population of 14.6 million, London is one of the world’s great cities. A leading financial, cultural and political center, London accounts for about 22 percent of the UK’s GDP. The UK’s South East, a densely populated, economically powerful area with a population of nearly 9 million, benefits from its proximity to London....

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The Midlands, England’s Industrial and Logistics Center

The Midlands, which consist of the East and West Midlands, two of England’s nine official regions, are important industrial and logistical hubs for the UK. Anchored by large cities, including Birmingham, Leicester and Derby, the Midlands has a population of about 10.4 million. Birmingham, with a population of 1.1 million, is the UK’s second-largest...

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Hamburg, Trade and Business Hub of Northern Germany

Hamburg, a cosmopolitan and historic port city on the Elbe River near the North Sea, is a key cog in the economy of the 21st century. With a population of 1.76 million, Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany.

Hamburg sits astride a series of transportation axes—shipping lanes, motorways, rail and air—that connect Scandinavia and Western,...

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Lyon, Inland Logistics Capital of France

France’s city of Lyon has a population of 1.3 million, and the greater metropolitan area has a population of 2.2 million, making it the country’s second-largest city. The region is Europe’s fifth-largest economy in terms of total GDP.

Lyon is France’s second most important industrial and financial sector. After Paris, it is the most popular city...

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Bologna, Education Center in the Heart of Italy

Bologna, Italy, occupies a strategic location in the middle of the country, with easy connections by road and rail to the industrial centers of Northern Italy and the cultural and political hubs of Florence and Rome. An economic power in its own right, Bologna has a population of about 387,000, making it Italy’s seventh-largest city. The broader...

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Southern Netherlands, Extended Gateway to Europe

Southern Netherlands is the heart of the Netherlands’ inland region. An important logistics center, it is considered an extended gateway to Europe. A dense network of canals, railroads and highways connects Southern Netherlands to the Port of Rotterdam on the North Sea and other important waterways.

Key submarkets for industrial property and...

This is a photo of Chengdu, China

Chengdu, Thriving Capital of Sichuan Province

Chengdu, the ancient capital of China’s Sichuan province, has evolved into a thoroughly modern city of 14 million people with a rising consumer class. Chengdu is the economic and financial center of Southwest China and one of the key gateways to the country’s interior.

Chengdu is a transportation-intensive city. It is circled by four ring roads,...

This is a photo of Chongqing, China

Chongqing, Megalopolis in China’s interior

Nestled at the foggy confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers deep in China’s interior, Chongqing is a sprawling, powerful and continually expanding metropolis. Nearly 30 million people live in the vast Chongqing metropolitan area, making it one of the world’s biggest urban concentrations.

Key to China’s efforts to develop and industrialize...

This is a photo of Suzhou, China

Suzhou, the Venice of China

Suzhou, China, which is adjacent to Shanghai, combines historic charm and a 21st century economy. Because the city sits on the shores of Taihu Lake and is crisscrossed by a host of canals, it is often referred to as the Venice of China. Suzhou’s many classical gardens and water towns are major tourist destinations.

Prologis Contacts

Henk Folmer
Senior Vice President Global Customer Solutions – Europe
+31 (0)6 46 088 980
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dallas Zhang
Vice President Global Customer Solutions – China
+86 1801 7085 866
Shanghai, China