Structural changes in the global transport chain: Implications for ports

  • Donatus E. Onwuegbuchunam Federal University of Technology Owerri http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2120-9922
  • Kenneth O. Okeke Federal University of Technology Owerri
  • Chinemerem Igboanusi Federal University of Technology Owerri
  • Ogochukwu Ugboma Lagos State University

Abstract

Structural changes in trade and transport environment have come about in response to globalization of production centres, factors and consumption patterns coupled with technological advances in ship and shipping methods. The resulting demand pressure induced on supply chains means that supply chain partners must innovate to remain afloat. On the other hand, ports have been at the receiving end being a critical node in the supply chain. Through content analysis and review of extant literature, the structural changes in the global transport chains were assessed to determine their broad implications on ports. The findings suggest that ports must adopt proactive measures aimed at accommodating strategic interests of shippers and shipping lines/carriers which constitute their major supply chain customers. In line with previous studies, this paper makes a case for adoption of efficiency measures in ports for sustained viability given the prevailing fluid transport environment.

Published
Apr 25, 2018
How to Cite
ONWUEGBUCHUNAM, Donatus E. et al. Structural changes in the global transport chain: Implications for ports. Journal of Sustainable Development of Transport and Logistics, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 22-28, apr. 2018. ISSN 2520-2979. Available at: <http://jsdtl.sciview.net/index.php/jsdtl/article/view/33>. Date accessed: 26 may 2018. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14254/jsdtl.2018.3-1.2.