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The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management, 5th Edition by Dr. Peter Baker, Phil Croucher, Alan Rushton

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International logistics: modal choice

Introduction

This chapter provides an introduction to some of the broader issues concerning international logistics and the choice of freight transport mode. Initially, the relative importance of the different modes is briefly considered with respect to freight transport movements, although statistics are only available for internal country movements and those movements within economic unions. It is shown that road freight transport is the major mode for these freight movements. A simple approach for modal choice selection is then proposed. This approach is split into four stages and the key elements of each of these are reviewed. The four stages cover operational factors, transport mode characteristics, ...

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