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January 2010


Freight transportation, Globalization -- Economic aspects -- China


In the last decades, China?s booming economy has greatly benefited from globalization and trade liberalization. China has found a niche as the world?s manufacturing centre and it is playing a crucial role in a growing number of global supply chains. This research focuses on the performance of international and domestic transport and logistics systems as perceived by Chinese importers and exporters. A broad literature review of Chinese meteoric logistics industry development is provided. Results and analysis of in?depth interviews with Chinese importers and exporters are presented. These interviews provide significant information regarding international freight transport chains, the impact of delays on supply chain operations and the subsequent costs, companies? delay and disruption planning, and managers? perspectives on future transport and logistics developments.


This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Transport Reviews, 2010, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:



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