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Intermodal terminal concessions: Lessons from the port sector

Monios, Jason; Bergqvist, Rickard


Jason Monios

Rickard Bergqvist


Tendering procedures for concession of port terminals to private operators have been the subject of considerable interest during the last decade. As a consequence, keys to effective port governance, particularly the landlord model, are fairly well understood, even standardised to some degree. By contrast, intermodal terminal contracts have been found to be quite varied, with little standardisation of procedures, requirements, risks, incentives or contracts even within a single country.

This paper applies lessons from the study of port terminal concession contracts to the intermodal sector. The World Bank port reform toolkit is used to create a framework with 72 provisions, which is then matched against five intermodal terminal concession contracts. The analysis reveals several uncertainties in intermodal concession contracts, relating particularly to a lack of specified provisions on performance monitoring and measurement, open access to users, infrastructure maintenance, service marketing and hand back procedures. The paper identifies how the port concession framework used in this paper can be adapted for use with intermodal terminals, as the first step towards developing a global standard such as that used in the port sector.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2014
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2014
Publication Date 2015-03
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 27, 2019
Journal Research in Transportation Business and Management
Print ISSN 2210-5395
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Pages 90-96
Keywords Tender; Governance; Regulation; Policy
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Contract Date May 15, 2017


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