A rail cargo line has been “relaunched” between Europe and China that is one month faster than traveling by sea and costs 20% the price of air cargo.
What is the motivation for restarting this potential time + cost savings? Because:
In a month, the export value of one consignment of electronic products might devalue by about two percent, about several tens of thousands of dollars.
This actually relates to Bitcoin/Litecoin mining as well. Most ASICs today have less than a 6 month profitably window before they need to be dumped or pointed to another profitable altcoin. The sooner you ship a batch, the quicker the receivers can recoup the costs.
See China-Europe railway relaunches from China Daily