Intermodal land transportation systems and port choice, an analysis of stated choices among shippers in the Rhine-Scheldt delta
Vermeiren, T.; Macharis, C. (2016). Intermodal land transportation systems and port choice, an analysis of stated choices among shippers in the Rhine-Scheldt delta. Marit. Policy Manage. 43(8): 992-1004. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03088839.2016.1172277
In this paper, the research concentrates on the intermodal land transportation systems which link Antwerp and Rotterdam with a shared hinterland in the long and medium distance range. It uses a choice-based experiment which has been calibrated on the basis of real case studies to understand shipper's choices between end-to-end chains. The stated choices reveal shippers' preferences when needing to choose between two logistic pathways, which employ a similar multimodal composition of transport modes to bring the container from door-to-door, but which route the container differently through alternative maritime gateways. The study therefore touches upon the topic of port competition applying a value-driven supply chain approach. Despite narrow differences on the main performance criteria of the door-to-door chains, the empirical analysis proves that shippers are not loyal to one of the ports, but give preference to the lowest cost solution. Enhancing the frequency levels of the inland transportation solution is only at the benefit of the more costly chain. The findings reiterate the importance of intermodal land transport systems in the competition between load centres.
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