Sebastian KUMMER

Work place: Institute for Transport Economics and Logistics, Vienna University of Economics and Business, A-1090, Austria



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Prof. Dr. Sebastian KUMMER is Chair of the Department of Transport and Logistics Management at WU Wien Austria and Director of the European section of the MIT Forum Supply Chain Innovation.
He is visiting professor at universities in China and has been visiting professor in Vietnam (Hanoi), Russia (Moscow), Ukraine (Kiev), Germany (Hamburg, Marburg, Zittau) and Austria (Leoben, Krems). He has published more than 140 publications. His research focuses on logistics management, supply chain management, Logistics and supply chain performance measurement as well as on integration of transport systems in logistics networks, economical analyses in investments in transport infrastructure and vehicles. He works as a consultant and management trainer for companies and government bodies. Prof. Kummer can be contacted at:

Author Articles
Designing and Decision Making of Transport Chains between China and Germany

By Jian TONG Haitao WEN Xuemei FAN Sebastian KUMMER

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Dec. 2010

Optimization of an international transport chain may contribute significantly to a successful outcome in international trade. The performance of various modes of transport influences the selection of one over others. This paper analyses the transport chain between China and Germany, comparing routes and aiming to identify the best practices and chose the optimal transport mode. Through analysing secondary data, the different means of transport are presented. The SWOT analysis was selected to analyse and compare the competitive operation of the various methods of transport between China and Germany. This helps us understand what determines the selection of one mode of transport mode rather than another; the development of rail transport between China and Germany should be urged, in addition to the air and sea modes; Price, timing, level of service and relationship with forwarder are vital factors in determining the route option between China and Germany. More secondary data should be used to validate the research in the future.

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