The identification of existing pricing practices, philosophies and trends has not heretofore been available and without such basic information it would be difficult for port management to make advantageous decisions. The methodology employed in the preparation of this report was comprehensive. The focus was on pricing unique to public port usage. These rates are uniformly known as dockage in the case of the ship; and wharfage in the case of the cargo. Detailed tariff research covering 21 ports for 10 years was accomplished with the assistance of the Office of Domestic Commerce of the Federal Maritime Commission. Twenty-eight representative ports from all four coasts were visited and management was interviewed to ascertain the latest operating procedures for rate setting. Additionally, an industry review panel selected for its coastal and professional representation closely monitored the progress and direction of this research. The end product is a unique report with definitive findings regarding the overall importance of pricing policy to the accomplishment of the multifaceted objectives of public seaports.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was prepared by Paul A. Amundsen, an independent consultant and former Director of the American Association of Port Authorities.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Maritime Administration

    Office of Commercial Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
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  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 101 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM