Logistics of Container Transport in the Yangtze & Yellow Sea Regions

Jess Browning *
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1University of Washington
*Corresponding author: Director Emeritus, Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics Studies and Affiliate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, the University of Washington, 4927 NE Tolo Road, Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. Phone: 206-842-5797, Fax: 206-842-4381, Email:

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Published Online: Dec 31, 2003


In the 21st Century, a region’s growth and prosperity will depend upon its intermodal transportation infrastructure and its ability to efficiently move goods, materials, and people within the system whether it be from origin to destination; from supplier to customer through the various levels of the supply-chain; or from point to point within the system. Planning for the future focuses on improving a region’s intermodal transportation system efficiencies and infrastructure, its connection to other economies, and on the development of logistics institutions and facilities.

With China’s rapidly developing economy and society, record numbers of new modern facilities such as airports, ports, highways, logistics parks and warehouses are being built. Along with this, companies have made extensive investments in information technologies and software to support the tremendous growth that has taken place in the logistics industry. The development and improvement of China’s historic inland water transport system is essential to their continued future growth and prosperity. In Korea, past and present National Governments have emphasized the importance of developing a North East Asian Logistics and Business Hub in their region and have worked on strategies, which include water transport, as part of an important national agenda to that end.

This article looks at how trade flows in the Yangtze and Yellow Sea Regions and between China and South Korea might be enhanced by application of improved shipping methods in marine commerce that will promote economic growth in the region. The application of logistics practices and use of barges is explored for the movement of containers on inland and coastal waterways as well as in short sea shipping which could greatly facilitate the region’s situation with respect to future economic growth.