Inland port performance: A statistical analysis of Dutch inland ports

Bart Wiegmans*, Patrick Witte, Tejo Spit

*Corresponding author for this work

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Most scientific attention in freight transportation port studies centers on the characteristics of deep-sea ports, in particular container ports. In our paper, in contrast, we focus our attention on the performance of inland ports in a European context, which is up to now an overlooked part in the scientific literature on port development. Based on a large-scale quantitative dataset of Dutch inland ports we perform various statistical analyses to arrive at a more detailed understanding of the performance of inland ports. We try to explain the performance of inland ports in terms of transshipment level and growth in transshipment by several transport and economic factors. We test for differences in size and in volume growth and control for differences in diversity of transshipped goods and in availability of a container terminal in the inland port. Our findings contribute to the understanding of the performance of inland ports, as explained by general port characteristics. A better understanding of the characteristics and growth patterns of inland ports might also be beneficial to European practitioners and policy-makers in dealing with inland ports' development strategies in their daily practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Transport Conference 2014 – from Sept-29 to Oct-1, 2014
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event42nd European transport conference 2014 - Henley-in-Arden, Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 29 Sep 20141 Oct 2014


Conference42nd European transport conference 2014


  • inland port
  • performance indicator
  • port governance
  • port system development
  • transshipment


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