Port Competition and Hinterland Connections

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Published on June 19, 2009

Also available in: French

This Round Table publication discusses the policy and regulatory challenges posed by the rapidly changing port environment. The sector has changed tremendously in recent decades with technological and organisational innovation and a powerful expansion of trade. Although ports serve hinterlands that now run deep into continents, competition among ports is increasingly intense and their bargaining power in the supply chain has consequently weakened. Greater port throughput is meeting with increasing resistance from local communities because of pollution and congestion. In addition, local regulation is warranted but made difficult by the distribution of bargaining power among stakeholders. Higher-level authorities could develop more effective policies.


Cover and Table of contents
Summary of discussions
The relationship between seaports and the intermodal hinterland in light of global supply chains
Responding to increasing port-related freight volumes
Assuring hinterland access
The impact of hinterland access
List of participants
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