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Multimodal supply chains: iron ore from Australia to China

Beresford, Anthony Kenneth Charles ORCID:, Pettit, Stephen John ORCID: and Liu, Yukuan 2011. Multimodal supply chains: iron ore from Australia to China. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal 16 (1) , pp. 32-42. 10.1108/13598541111103485

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Purpose – This paper aims to analyse available multimodal transport route variations for iron ore shipments from northwest Australia to northeast China, focusing on a major iron and steel manufacturer. Design/methodology/approach – The research is focused on a case study and uses an established cost model as a framework, for the first time, in the context of heavy bulk cargo shipments. Field interviews and a questionnaire form the principal methods of primary data collection. The characteristics of bulk iron ore transport flow are analysed against traditional criteria and an appraisal of the transport infrastructure in north east China is made, considering both road and rail options, and various possible combinations for transport being evaluated. All factors affecting modal choice in the region are examined, including cargo volume, weight, and value, transport distance, transit time, transport costs and schedule reliability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transportation; Australia; China; costs; iron
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
ISSN: 1359-8546
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:57

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