A Measurement and Comparison of Cost Competitiveness of Container Ports in Southeast Asia

This paper uses and modifies Cournot’s simultaneous quantity-setting model as a means to derive the overall costs of using a container terminal, including those costs that are hard to quantify. The application of this model to the perspective of competition between container terminal operators in Singapore, Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas finds that the increasingly cost-competitive operators in Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas were able to close the gap with PSA Corporation (PSAC) in Singapore in terms of the overall costs of using their terminal facilities between 1998 and 2002, although PSAC continued to enjoy a dominant share of the container-handling market in the region. PSAC chose to center its attention on non-price competition, such as customer service. The findings from this study can be useful for terminal operators in formulating their competitive strategies.

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  • Authors:
    • Lam, Jasmine S L
    • Yap, Wei Yim
  • Publication Date: 2006-11


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  • Accession Number: 01044735
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 2007 5:54PM