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Port Competition and Hinterland Connections

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This Round Table publication discusses the policy and regulatory challenges posed by the rapidly changing port environment. The sector has changed tremendously in recent decades with technological and organisational innovation and a powerful expansion of trade. Although ports serve hinterlands that now run deep into continents, competition among ports is increasingly intense and their bargaining power in the supply chain has consequently weakened. Greater port throughput is meeting with increasing resistance from local communities because of pollution and congestion. In addition, local regulation is warranted but made difficult by the distribution of bargaining power among stakeholders. Higher-level authorities could develop more effective policies.

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Assuring hinterland access

the role of port authorities

International Transport Forum

We argue that port authorities (PAs) should contribute actively to better hinterland access. We discuss different types of PA involvement as well as some reasons for such involvement. The analysis applies to landlord PAs with public goals. Landlord PAs take the initiative for the expansion and redevelopment of port infrastructure. Traditionally PAs have acted as landlords, but they are increasingly operating outside the landlord model.

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