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Shippers’ Changing Priorities in Port Selection Decision - A Survey Analysis Using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)

Neha Mittal and Dale McClung

Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, 2016, vol. 55, issue 3

Abstract: This paper analyzes different criterion that shippers employ in their port selection process. It uses results from a survey conducted on regional shippers from the chemical and life sciences industries that ship full container and LCL cargo of hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals westbound (from U.S. east coast to Asia). Using an Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) framework and participants’ comparative scores, factors affecting a shipper’s port choice are prioritized. Findings suggest that port congestion and delays on the west coast ports in the U.S. and its effect on shippers’ supply chains have changed their priorities; price and port characteristics are no longer their primary decision factors.

Keywords: International Relations/Trade; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.262668

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