Since the 1980s the economic development of countries in East Asia has had a marked impact on the world port community, particularly in container transport. This paper analyses changes in the competitive environment of the world container port sector using some standard tools of market concentration. Initially, this paper reviews the competitive position of world container port system and then examines the East Asian economic environment. Both ordinal and cardinal measures of port system inequality are used to demonstrate both the rankings and levels of container throughput have been diverging in the world's major economic blocs. Conversely, East Asian countries during the 1990s have shown a trend towards convergence. Measures of dispersion suggest that ports in East Asian countries have become more competitive in their levels of container throughput.
De, P. and Park, R.-K. (2004), "International Container Port System Concentration: What Does it Look Like?", Journal of International Logistics and Trade, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 95-118. https://doi.org/10.24006/jilt.2004.2.1.95
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