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Logistics network and externalities for short sea transport: An analysis of horticultural exports from southeast Spain

  • Pérez-Mesa, Juan Carlos
  • Galdeano-Gómez, Emilio
  • Salinas Andújar, Jose A.
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    This paper discusses the benefits of using short sea shipping in intermodal transport for fruit and vegetables. Multi-Criteria Decision Making techniques are applied to determine optimal allocation between land and intermodal transport, including environmental externalities. A sensitivity analysis is also carried out to monitor changing priorities among decision-makers (exporters) so as to encourage a modal shift. The results reveal savings in intermodal transport costs and a slight reduction in externalities with respect to land transport. However, the exporter must assume an increased delivery time of goods. At present, this situation is far from a reality, highlighting how inherently complicated it is to change the modes of transport.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transport Policy.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2012)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 188-198

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:24:y:2012:i:c:p:188-198
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.08.010
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