The last decades, freight transport worldwide has grown substantial. The growing volumes put pressure on the European transport network, and affect directly the demand for capacity in the transport network from seaport to hinterland. The size and number of inland ports is increasing. Both from a societal and academic perspective, interest on inland ports is growing, assuming that inland ports are important links in port systems. Nevertheless, limited attention has been paid to the measurement of the economic impact of inland ports to the national economy. This paper will focus on the measurement of the economic impact of inland ports in the Netherlands.
PortEconomics member Martijn van der Horst along with Bart Kuipers (Erasmus University)give a detailed analysis of two existing methods on measuring the economic impact of inland ports in the Netherlands. Their port study discusses and compares the methods while presents results, and discusses methodological issues for future research and a possible extension to European ports.
The port study presented in the IAME 2016 Conference held 23-26 August in Hamburg, Germany and its presentation is available and can be freely downloaded @PortEconomics.