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Maritime Economics & Logistics

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 82–99 | Cite as

The Efficiency of European Container Terminals and Implications for Supply Chain Management

  • Teng-Fei Wang
  • Kevin Cullinane
Original Article

Abstract

This paper investigates the efficiency of container terminals within the context of global supply chain management. The efficiency and scale properties of 104 of Europe's container terminals with annual throughput of over 10,000 TEUs1 in 2003, distributed across 29 European countries, are derived using data envelopment analysis. The main findings are that significant inefficiency pervades most of the terminals under study and that large-scale production tends to be associated with higher efficiency. Terminals in the British Isles and Western Europe were found to be the most efficient, compared to their counterparts with the lowest efficiency in Scandinavian and Eastern European countries.

Keywords

Efficiency supply chain management European container ports data envelopment analysis (DEA) scale efficiency 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for providing partial funding for this project in the form of the 2004/05 Logistics and Transport Seed-Corn Research Grant. The comments of an anonymous referee are also much appreciated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teng-Fei Wang
    • 1
  • Kevin Cullinane
    • 2
  1. 1.International Shipping and Logistics Group, Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, Drake CircusPlymouthUK
  2. 2.Marine Transport and Management, School of Marine Science and Technology, Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle upon TyneNewcastleUK

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