THE EFFECT OF INLAND NAVIGATION USER CHARGES ON BARGE TRANSPORTATION OF WHEAT

The study evaluated the effect of inland navigation user charges on barge wheat movements on both the Mississippi River system and particular segments of the system. In order to accomplish these objectives, transshipment models were constructed, examining three wheat varieties: hard red spring, hard red winter, and soft red winter. The models permitted two types of movements from producing to consuming areas: direct movement or movements through river transshipment points. This allowed the models to choose between barge transportation and competitive modes. Consuming regions were comprised of domestic milling points and foreign countries. Exports to any given point were allowed to move through any of several U.S. ports, depending upon relative transport costs. This gave the models a great deal of flexibility in the export sector, which is critically important for barge transportation of wheat. Data used included 1970-71 wheat production and consumption, and 1975 barge and rail rates, truck costs, and handling costs for each mode. User charges were based on 1974 operation and maintenance costs of the inland waterway system and 1974 barge ton-miles. Base solutions were obtained for each of the models, and then each was run with user charges recovering from 25 to 500 percent of annual operation and maintenance. The effects of uniform charges and charges specific to each waterway were examined.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Department of Agronomy
    Blacksburg, VA  USA  24061

    Office of Water Research and Technology

    C Street between 18th and 19th Streets, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20242
  • Authors:
    • BINKLEY, J K
  • Publication Date: 1977-4

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  • Pagination: 293 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OWRT-B-082-VA(1)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM