CONTAINERIZATION: A PANDORA'S BOX IN REVERSE?

The basic premise for the explosive growth of the containerization concept in the mid-1950's was an expected reduction of costs resulting from reduced damage, reduced pilferage, less packaging, simplification in paper work, and simplification in the freight rate systems resulting from a demand-based to a cost-based pricing system. "Traditional" ills found in the field of transportation are present in this development: large capital investment requirements, lack of standardization, uncertainty in the legal sector involving questions of carrier liability, bill-of-lading provisions, and customs inspection, difficulties in the labor-management area due to opposition by labor to containerization, and customer indifference. The ultimate value of the new concept may be as a catalyst that will produce efficiently integrated transportation systems.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

    547 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  USA  60606
  • Authors:
    • Strom, H K
  • Publication Date: 1972-12

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  • Accession Number: 00043919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 1 1974 12:00AM