This paper provides some highlights of new research methods and applications that were developed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in foreign trade transportation. The accomplishments of this research have strongly demonstrated the usefulness of new kinds of data on the domestic origins and destinations of U.S. foreign trade. Some of the illustrations of application provided by the authors include aspects such as definition and analysis of the New York port hinterland for exports and imports and the implication to port planners, analysis of modal interface at the port and its importance in recognizing potential operating problems such as traffic congestion, implementation of specific economic studies to appraise the possible impact of international economic developments on the port, and refinement of econometric forecasting techniques of foreign trade mass shipped. These applications have proved highly significant for the New York port by enhancing planning efforts in both the short term and the long term. Some of the important findings pinpointed in this paper are the existence of a strong direct relationship between the value of cargo and the distance such cargo travels inland to and from the port, the division of inland transportation markets by modes (trucks predominate in all nearby territories and railroads are strong in more distant markets such as the Midwest), and the existence of a greater degree of dispersal for the port's export cargo origins compared to its import destinations. The paper points out other potentially useful applications in the transportation field based on the experience of the New York port. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 7-11
  • Monograph Title: Freight transportation characteristics
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  • Accession Number: 00149179
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025605
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM