Study on Policy Framework for the Development of Intermodal Interfaces as part of an Integrated Transport Network in Asia

Study on Policy Framework for the Development of Intermodal Interfaces as part of an Integrated Transport Network in Asia

Date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Type: 
Manuals, guidelines, training materials
Abstract

This study is part of a wider programme of action being carried out by UNESCAP to facilitate the development of intermodal transport and logistics in the region under the mandate provided by the Busan Declaration. It has been initiated at a time when world trade volume is at its highest ever. However, the acceleration of international trade in recent years and the globalization process has mainly benefited the coastal areas of the region, with trade to and from the landlocked countries and the more remote hinterland areas of coastal countries trailing behind, due to excessive transport and logistics costs.

The study examines the potential for alleviating the trade and transit cost disadvantages of landlocked countries and the remote hinterlands of coastal countries by promoting the wider use of intermodal transport and the development of supporting infrastructure - in the form of freight intermodal interfaces and inland ports. Similarly, it considers the advantages of intermodal interface development in terms of stimulating economic growth in regions and countries ocated far from seaports.

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