UK container port investment and competition: impediments to the market

Mike Asteris, Alan Collins

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The UK’s container trade is dominated by ports in the South East of England. In order to accommodate both trade growth and the increasing size of container ships, several investment schemes have been put forward in recent years. During their public scrutiny, a number of impediments to the market have become apparent, namely, the treatment of sunk cost, environmental constraints, the availability of subsidies to UK competitor ports and the nature of inland network infrastructure charging. These are analysed with a view to identifying policy prescriptions that are consistent with European Union perceptions of fair competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-178
Number of pages16
JournalTransport Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


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