Interest in small shipment transportation has evolved from information needs related to regulatory activities in general and recent developments in the rail express industry in particular. In spite of the importance of the industry, prior to the initiation of the present study, there was little objective information available on this subject. The main objectives of this research were to contribute information on the characteristics and issues of small shipment transportation with an emphasis on the rail express industry. The study focussed on the demand and supply characteristics of the small shipment market, covering a wide range of weights from very small parcels to less-than-truck loads (LTL) and less-than-carloads (LCL), and related issues surrounding these factors to existing regulatory policies as well as regulatory reforms in Canada. This study also investigated constraints on the efficiency and profitability of the rail express industry and the effects of relaxing regulatory constraints. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Canadian Transport Commission

    Research Branch, 15 Eddy Street
    Hull, Quebec K1A 0N9,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Khan, A M
  • Publication Date: 1982-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 124 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1984/02E
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM