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The role of dry ports in solving seaport disruptions: A Swedish case study

Journal article
Authors Marta Gonzalez-Aregall
Rickard Bergqvist
Published in Journal of Transport Geography
Volume 80
ISSN 0966-6923
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Language en
Keywords Hinterland; Dry port; Port conflict; Intermodal transportation
Subject categories Business Administration


This paper analyzes the effects on Swedish hinterland logistics of a port labor disruption that occurred in the Port of Gothenburg's container terminal in 2016–2017. Because of this dispute, several companies initiated mitigation strategies by moving their cargo by truck or rail in the area, thus utilizing the inherent advantages of hinterland locations and dry ports. Researching hinterland logistics in Sweden, this article conducts a case study on a dry port and the warehouse industry. The results show that the traffic share of inland terminals was higher during and soon after the conflict. Thus, this study suggests that dry ports are significant as potential solutions for this kind of disruption.

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