This study, published for the first time in 1998, assesses and projects the relative competitiveness of forestry ports and shipping services in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and United States in relation to key export markets in Asia.
It is intended to assist forest product exporters and investors to assess cost factors related to distribution and trade, as well as service companies, transport companies, governments, ports and other organisations affected by transport costs for forest products.
The dynamic changes to the market in the Pacific Rim have resulted in a wide range of new opportunities for investors and for exporters of logs, sawn timber, panel products, and pulp and paper. Investment decisions and the ability to export forest products critically depend on the efficiency and location of ports, the cost associated with shipping, and the speed and effectiveness of distribution logistics.
The aim of this report is to establish a comprehensive appraisal of the current infrastructure, trade flows, costs, and key determinants of forest product transport logistics as they relate to the major ports in the region. A further aim is to project which ports are likely to be the leaders supporting the needs of forest producers, investors in value added processing, and shipping lines over the next five years.
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