Freight Movement in a Changing World and Changing Market Place

by Hassan J. Ansary, Canada Ports Corp, Ottawa, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


The main object of this paper revolves on the fact that for the foreseeable future, the bottom line of intermodal challenges for any North American container port is that business, trade, transport and distribution systems are to be linked as never before. From a transportation perspective, the ongoing integration of supplies into international production and distribution systems, has intensified the demand for effective intermodal services where intermodalism is now becoming central to trade. The implementation of 'just-in-time' inventory approaches can only intensify for the foreseeable future. As a result, there is an increasing need for an effective and costless approach to the exchange of transportation, commercial and trade information between the users and providers of transportation services. In addition, demand side pressures on the liner industry to provide wider coverage and higher service frequency has increased.

Subject Headings: Freight transportation | Business management | Ports and harbors | Agreements and treaties | Inventories | Linings | Freight terminals | Industries | United States

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