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The impact of dry port operations on container seaports competitiveness

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Jagan, J, Chen, S-L ORCID: 0000-0002-1513-4365 and Cahoon, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5763-8409 2017 , 'The impact of dry port operations on container seaports competitiveness', paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2017, 27-30 June 2017, Kyoto, Japan.

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Abstract

The concepts of intermodal logistics and distribution networks have made integration of the inland freight distribution system essential for an efficient container seaport system. Inland components, such as dry ports, which exist within the seaport system, have become important in shaping the performance and competitive strategies of container seaports. Owing to the importance of interdependence between dry ports and container seaports, this paper aims to investigate the impact of dry port operations on container seaport competitiveness. It conducted an empirical study in Malaysia through 120 online surveys to key stakeholders of dry ports, including freight forwarders, shippers, seaports, rail operator, shipping lines and haulers. The data collected were analysed using exploratory factor analysis (EFA). The results from EFA show that Malaysian dry port operations have impacts on seaport competitiveness. These include enhancing seaport performance, increasing service variations for seaports, improving seaport-hinterland proximity, increasing seaport trade volume and enhancing seaport capacity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Jagan, J and Chen, S-L and Cahoon, S
Keywords: Dry Ports, Container Seaports, Competitiveness, Exploratory Factor Analysis
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2017
Publisher: IAME
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