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Port Infrastructure Pricing Policy and Practice: A Case Study of Australia and New Zealand Seaports


Bandara, YM and Nguyen, H-O, Port Infrastructure Pricing Policy and Practice: A Case Study of Australia and New Zealand Seaports, Proceedings of the 2014 International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, 15-18 July 2014, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, pp. 1-21. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper examines the infrastructure charges of sea-ports and port pricing policies in Australia and New Zealand. The analysis covers 40 sea-ports and takes into account their administrative roles as well as geographical factors. Analysis of the effectiveness of portsí pricing policies is also conducted and related to port reform. The analysis finds the existence of disparities in the growth rates of port infrastructure tariff across ports in both countries. There is a considerable increase in port infrastructure tariffs but at different rates. Moreover, port pricing policies vary substantially across states, territories and regions of the two countries, notwithstanding the fact that ports having different traffic volumes. Infrastructure pricing practices have been affected by port reforms and the port administrative regime. While port corporatisation tends to maintain a high level of infrastructure charges with higher growth rates, commercialization and privatisation tend to a relatively low level of infrastructure tariffs and annual growth rates. Based on the results of the quantitative and qualitative analysis, implications for port management and governments at both the state and national levels are discussed. Given the exploratory nature of the research, limitations of the research and implications for future research are also discussed

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Port pricing; port policy; port governance; port reform; Australia; New Zealand
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)
ID Code:94477
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2014-09-09
Last Modified:2018-04-12

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