This acute mis-match between the movement of goods and the facilities available to handle them has associated cost consequences which the UNCTAD secretariat have recently estimated at about 5 billion dollars per year. At these ports patent problems of dislocation, delay and mounting charges leave no room for doubt of the reality and character of port congestion. Bearing in mind that few port operators can afford to carry unused capacity for very long we may also assume that as a rule most major ports not already congested are worked as closely as possible to their current capacity. Any sudden change in the distribution of world trade such as has been seen resulting from increases in oil prices could equally well produce acute congestion at any port whether in developing or developed countries which might be called upon to handle unexpected extra traffic.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Article based on paper delivered before the 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbors in Houston, Texas.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Intermodal World

  • Authors:
    • RAVEN, J A
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00158279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport 2000 Limited
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM