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Malaysian container seaport-hinterland connectivity: status, challenges and strategies

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posted on 2023-05-18, 23:24 authored by Shu-Ling ChenShu-Ling Chen, Jeevan, J, Stephen CahoonStephen Cahoon
This paper adopts a qualitative methodology to assess the Malaysian container seaport-hinterland connectivity from the perspective of its physical properties. The findings reveal that although Malaysia's major container seaports are connected to the hinterlands through road and rail transport, they are highly dependent on road. These seaports are also connected to inland freight facilities such as dry ports and ICDs, which are positioned as transit points to help connect exporters and importers in the hinterlands to seaports as well as facilitating regional and cross-border trades. This paper suggests that the quality of hinterland connectivity of Malaysian container seaports could be improved by implementing strategies which tackle the existing challenges including overcoming an extremely imbalanced modal split, insufficient rail capacity and limited train services, increasing road congestion and the limitations of space restriction in some inland facilities.


Publication title

Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics








Australian Maritime College


Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics

Place of publication

Republic of Korea

Rights statement

Copyright 2016 The Korean Association of Shipping and Logistics, Inc.

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Multimodal transport