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Analysing Intermodal Freight Transport Supply Chains

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Background & Policy context

Road freight transport causes a lot of emissions and congestion, so finding the attractive substitute for road transport and trying to create a shift towards intermodal freight transport as an sustainable alternative is an important goal in the European Union (EU). Despite all policy and scientific efforts, the market share of intermodal freight transport in the EU remains low.

In this research, different players in IFT supply chains will be analyzed. Important players in the port are terminal operators and carriers at the sea and landside. The Port of Rotterdam and its hinterland is an important case that will be considered in this research.


The main objective of this research is to analyze the market of intermodal freight transport (IFT) services in Europe and develop instruments for IFT service providers.

In particular, from a supply chain point of view, will be considered their efficiency and developed pricing strategies. The results will be used to make recommendations to coordinators of IFT supply chains or policy makers to expand the market share of IFT services.


1. Several different market analysis models (such as the extended Porter model, market share indexes) will be extended and applied to the respective intermodal market segments.

2. Development of a strategy for integrated pricing in IFT supply chains based on cooperative game theory, considering the value of the service as transfer price.

3. The network model will be extended to emloy indirectly conventional data envelopment analysis (DEA) to measure the performance of intermodal supply chains and their members. Especially the value of freight services will be analyzed as one of the decision-making variables.


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