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What should be done for European rail freight transport? A logistics perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dewan Islam


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The objectives of this paper are to: examine the current state of the performance of European rail freight transport and suggest steps and approaches, from logistics point of view, to be implemented by European rail freight operators to make the European rail freight transport competitive. Using literature review method, the paper first discusses modern logistics and supply chain concepts. Then the current performance and reform measures of rail freight transport in Europe are discussed. The paper notes that although the background, scope, necessity of reform measures in Europe and the U. S are different, some lessons can be learned from the reform measures, that changes the sector dramatically, implemented in the U.S. rail freight sector. The paper notes that most of the customers require door-to-door services. But currently the European rail freight operators offer terminal to terminal services for big customers and SMEs are not included in the rail freight customer list. But the SMEs form a big share of the total freight market. So a different approach, for example usage of 3PL service, is needed to capture this segment of the market.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Islam DMZ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 13th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR)

Year of Conference: 2013

Publisher: World Conference on Transport Research Society