Seaport gateways and the corridors which connect them to widely dispersed hinterlands are of vital and essential importance to international trade and the world economy. Distributing goods to ultimate land destinations or bringing the goods to seaports from inland origins is organizationally complex involving multiple actors. This book furthers understanding about how this movement is organized, the role of ports acting as gateways and the actions of corridor players. A key question that confronts the shipping and port industries, as well as public authorities, is how to increase the benefits of maritime trade to the companies and institutions directly involved as well as the port city-regions where the transfers take place? This question is being posed in the midst of a global economic recession and trade downturn, and in the context of contemporary policy frameworks whose goals are to generate economic benefits and efficiencies rather than to maximize traffic volumes. This book puts into perspective the reality, opportunities and challenges facing seaport gateways and corridors now and in the future.
'This book builds on the strengths of previous Ashgate books from the same research network: a diverse and international mix of authors, an interesting and relevant theme and theoretical as well as applied contributions. An interesting read for scholars and students interested in ports as elements of global supply chains.' Peter de Langen, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and Port of Rotterdam Authority, The Netherlands 'This book is a most interesting read, albeit heavily focused on geography, as well as predominantly on the Canadian transport situation, the latter heavily orientated toward policy and governance issues. It brings together a number of new and developing themes and perspectives, all of which are of great value to those interested in maritime transport, seaports, integration, intermodality, logistics and of course trade corridors.' Journal of Transport Geography 'Overall, the book brings together the knowledge and the experience of many well-known scholars from worldwide recognised universities who for many years have conducted research on the proposed themes, and as such the book offers a holistic view about the benefits gained and the problems arising when integrating seaports into trade corridors. The book is a major contribution to academia and the industry since it clarifies concepts such as transhipment hubs, extended gateways, which are used on a daily basis and whose meanings are taken for granted. Furthermore, as readers go from one chapter to another, they get a holistic view of the topic under study thus providing a clear understanding how the different elements interact'. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics