5 April 2019

Port Investment and Container Shipping Markets

Written by ITF and OECD
5 April 2019

Large-scale port projects have big impacts on the local economy and affect the way that the regional and national economy operates, with major implications for investment in regional transport systems. Decisions to invest in new container ports need to take careful account of forecasts of hinterland demand for containerized trade, the broader context of evolving maritime transport markets, competition between ports and the development of port hinterland transport infrastructure. This report examines the issues that need to be considered before taking the decision to proceed to costly expansions with long-life spans and a structural influence on the economy.

Publication Date: 2015