EMERGING CHANGES IN THE CONTAINER REVOLUTION

EMERGING TRENDS IN CONTAINER ECONOMICS AND THE IMPACT OF THESE TRENDS ARE ANALYZED. POTENTIALLY FAVORABLE ECONOMICS OF CONTAINERIZATION, BASED MAINLY ON MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN PORT PRODUCTIVITY, ARE NOT ALWAYS BEING REALIZED. CONTAINER VOLUME ON SEA ROUTES IS GROWING RAPIDLY, AND CONTAINERIZATION IN EUROPE IS ALREADY HAVING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE MOVEMENT OF INLAND TRAFFIC. CONTAINER RAIL SERVICES ARE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ON THE CONTINENT, AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF BECOMING COMPETITIVE WITH ROAD FOR ALL BUT SHORT HAULS. IN THE UNITED STATES, IMPORT-EXPORT CONTAINER TRAFFIC WILL GO THROUGH REROUTING CHANGES TOWARD SHORTER LAND ROUTES IF RAILROADS INTRODUCE CONTAINER TRAIN SERVICES SIMILAR TO THOSE BEING INSTALLED IN EUROPE. RAILROADS MUST DEVELOP INLAND CONTAINER TRAIN SERVICES NOT NECESSARILY BASED ON COAST-TO-COAST, LAND-BRIDGE OPERAION, BUT RATHER ON MODERN CONTAINER TRAIN SERVICES WITH EFFICIENT LOW-COST ROAD/RAIL TERMINAL OPERATIONS. THE KEY TO SUCCESS OF CONTAINER TRANSPORT SYSTEMS LIES IN HIGH UTILIZATION OF CAPITAL RESOURCES AND LOW-COST, RAPID TRANSFER BETWEEN MODES AND AT TERMINALS.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 10-15
  • Monograph Title: Use of containerization in freight transportation
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 21 2004 12:00AM