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Shipping route choice across geographies: Coastal vs. landlocked countries

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  • Kashiha, Mona
  • Thill, Jean-Claude
  • Depken, Craig A.

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This paper investigates how geography and transportation costs influence the decisions by shippers of which port of export to use. Using a large sample of disaggregated shipments originating from several countries in Europe, we show that European logistics networks exhibit a low level of international integration that affects shipping route choice. Furthermore, we find significant differences in shipping behaviors across landlocked and coastal countries, with shippers in landlocked countries avoiding long land transportation, crossing borders readily, and placing more value on transportation infrastructure. These findings have implications in designing port competitiveness strategies and economic development policies in landlocked countries.

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  • Kashiha, Mona & Thill, Jean-Claude & Depken, Craig A., 2016. "Shipping route choice across geographies: Coastal vs. landlocked countries," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:91:y:2016:i:c:p:1-14
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2016.03.012
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