The need for investment in port and freight transportation infrastructure

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation
    Publication date : 24/05/2005

    Around the world, freight transportation infrastructure into and from ports and to the regions they serve is increasingly incapable of adequately handling current cargo volumes. These volumes are expected to rise further. Infrastructure must keep up with the pace of international trade.

    Freight industry stakeholders and public authorities must act now to eliminate infrastructure bottlenecks and to ensure the smooth flow of international cargo shipments.

    The ICC Committee on Maritime Transport, which brings together maritime transport providers and transport users, calls on all parties in the international supply chain to work together in planning and arranging for the necessary expansion and efficient usage of freight transportation infrastructure supporting ports, for the benefit of world trade.

    In many ports around the world, containers are piling high in many terminals because of transportation bottlenecks. This means costly delays, missed berthing slots in subsequent ports, higher fuel costs to make up schedules, readjusted schedules, missed ports, missed feeder and train connections, changed documents and penalties. Access roads and intermodal connections are insufficient to ensure the swift and efficient transportation of containers that have been unloaded in terminals. Inland waterway barges and feeder ships compete with ocean vessels for berths. Access roads of ports and highways are congested, as are the railways. Problems in one region affect the performance of ports, waypoints and carriers in all modes along the entire supply chain, all incurring and causing additional costs.