Title The Rail Freight Challenge for Emerging Economies (International Development in Focus)
Subtitle How to Regain Modal Share
Author Bernard Aritua
ISBN 9781464813818
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 64
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
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Moving more freight by rail and waterways would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, truck-induced congestion, and noise pollution and contribute to the integrated logistics that are now a hallmark of global supply chains. The timing for the shift is right, because many emerging economies are making significant investments in railways and shippers are responding to public sentiment to reduce the negative impacts of road related logistics.

In the past, most railway organizations adopted a “build and they shall come” approach, modeled on the proposition that lower rail transportation costs would inevitably lead to modal shift. That approach is no longer viable. Successful railways now focus on understanding the logistics of targeted freight and positioning rail transport services as part of an overall logistics system aimed at meeting customers’ needs.

By responding to new trends in logistics and partnering with road haulers, port operators, forwarders, intermodal terminal operators, and third-party logistics companies to provide the seamless service delivery required by changing supply chains, rail freight organizations in Europe and North America have regained modal share or reversed a trend of falling shares. Emerging economies can learn from their experience.

The Rail Freight Challenge for Emerging Economies presents examples and lessons of good (and not-so-good) practice. It summarizes what successful rail freight organizations have done to increase market share and provides options for policy makers. The report is intended not to prescribe solutions but to inform decisions and broaden the discussion of options open to policy makers and senior officials in rail organizations in their country contexts.




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Executive Summary


Chapter 1: Rail Freight in Emerging Economies • Rail freight and economic development in emerging economies • Increasing investment in railways and efforts to reverse the loss of modal share • Actions by emerging economies • References

Chapter 2: Global Trends Shaping Transport and Logistics • Containerization and the transformation of global freight transport in the 20th century • The rise of third-party logistics and the “new normal” for supply chains • Disruptive technologies transforming industrial productivity and logistics in the 21st century • Note • References

Chapter 3: Regaining Modal Share in a Changing World • Reviving freight rail in Europe and North America • Specializing in traditional “rail-friendly” traffic • Including freight rail as part of a total logistics solution • Adopting innovative logistics solutions and infrastructure for bundling freight • Forming nontraditional partnerships involving railways • Developing in-house logistics capabilities • Investing in logistics technology and intermodal digital platforms • Summary of lessons for rail organizations in emerging economies • Note • References

Chapter 4: What Can Policy Makers Do to Facilitate Modal Shift or Reverse the Declining Trend? • Championing institutional and regulatory reforms that focus on the customer • Using spatial planning and land use measures to encourage the clustering and settlement of logistics activities close to rail • Investing in detailed analysis of disaggregated national freight flows • Using taxes, subsidies, and incentives to create momentum for multimodal transport • Championing pilots that foster cooperation and consolidation of freight

About the Author:

Bernard Aritua is as a Senior Infrastructure and Logistics Specialist in the World Bank Group. He is responsible for Transport Sector coordination in China, Central Asia and Mongolia. He has worked in the field of infrastructure investment and economic policy for more than 20 years. During this time, he has led and provided technical input on policy analysis, regulation, institutional reform, and technical design of major highways; railways; inland waterways; freight logistics; and multi-modal transport. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked in both the private and public sector in United Kingdom, Germany, Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East, and more recently in India and China. He is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

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This book will be useful to people interested in logistics.

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