Journal of International Logistics and Trade
Jungseok Research Institute of International Logistics and Trade

The Impact of Terrorism on Cycle Times in International Supply Chains

Shams Rahman*, Christopher Findlay**
1University of Sydney
1Australian National University
*Corresponding author: Professor, Institute of Transport Studies, School of Business, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW Australia
*Corresponding author: Professor, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University, ACT, Australia

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Published Online: Dec 31, 2003


Supply chains in East Asia are being redesigned following the reassessment of the risk of disruption through terrorist attacks. The nature of these risks and of the costs of the private sector responses is reviewed. The research available suggests the costs incurred are substantial. Government regulation applied to security matters also applies within supply chains. It too has been redesigned in response to the change in the risk of terrorist attacks. Examples of its impacts, and its costs and benefits, are presented. Relevant empirical work remains scarce, but principles for government’s role can be identified.