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Port Infrastructure Pricing: Findings from a Survey of International Seaports


Bandara, YM and Nguyen, H-O and Chen, PS, Port Infrastructure Pricing: Findings from a Survey of International Seaports, Proceedings of the 2014 International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, 15-18 July 2014, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, pp. 1-19. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The main aim of this paper is to examine the factors influential to the practical process of seaport infrastructure tariff design and practice. The analysis is based on survey data of 67 seaports representing Australasian, East Asian, European, North American and South American regions. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) is firstly carried out to identify the factors influential to the selection of the tariff design model, tariff level and revision process. Subsequently, confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) is used to confirm the relationship between the variables. It has been found that demand, pricing knowledge, dynamics of the port and shipping sectors (including competition and ship size), tariff objectives and financial factors are influential factors in infrastructure tariff design. Most ports use a mix of pricing approaches including price discrimination, cost-based pricing, and market-based pricing. Ports are aware of the basic pricing approaches but have limited knowledge of their application. The study has also found that tariff policy, regulatory control, stakeholder participation and transparency are factors influencing infrastructure tariff practices. Based on the results of analysis, implications for port management on the design and practices of port infrastructure tariffs are discussed, and given the exploratory nature of the study, the limitations and implications for future research are also presented

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Port pricing; port policy; pricing; port governance; infrastructure pricing
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Other transport
Objective Field:Other transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bandara, YM (Mr Yapa Bandara)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H-O (Associate Professor Oanh Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Chen, PS (Associate Professor Peggy Chen)
ID Code:94476
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2014-09-09
Last Modified:2018-04-11

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