Using Tariff for Port Economic Impact of Cargo Movement

This article, from a special issue on port pricing, reports on a project in which the authors updated the REgional ECONomic System (RECONS) used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to measure economic impacts. They undertook this project to develop a sustainable method to capture expenditure structures of cargo movement activities on nearby port regions. By focusing on the defined categories of port industry services and related revenues, direct support of the movement of goods through the ports can be quantified. The authors collected expenditure data based on these defined categories (and published in the ports’ tariff documents) and used the data as inputs to the system. They developed conversion factors to standardize port tariffs and expenditure profiles. Case studies were then used re-examine and validate the use of the redesigned measure to simulate economic impacts, notably those based on changes to cargo flows. The authors conclude that, compared to the traditional survey approach, using tariff data is an efficient way to capture and update port characteristics, business structure and flows, and detailed information that is usually not included in economic impact analysis.

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  • Authors:
    • Wang, Grace
    • Chang, Wen-Huei
    • Cui, Yue
  • Publication Date: 2017-12


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  • Accession Number: 01675872
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2018 7:12AM