An empirical analysis of mode and route choice for international freight transport in Ireland

In this paper we analyse the transport mode and route preferences of Irish manufacturers/exporters when shipping goods to Continental Europe. We use an efficient discrete choice experiment to model the impact of various transport attributes on the final Irish manufacturers’ choice of shipping mode/route. In particular, we consider the decision to be made between two routes; one in which goods are shipped to the continent via the UK landbridge and the other in which goods are shipped direct to the continent without UK passage. Generally, these two routes are associated with contrasting levels of service in terms of reliability. The degree to which exporters are willing to make trade-offs in terms of variation in service attribute is of particular interest in this study, as it is envisaged that increased congestion and emissions levies within the UK are likely to reduce the competitiveness of the UK landbridge option, and increase demand on the direct service route. Results from this study contribute to the understanding of the demand for international freight transport services in Ireland to continental Europe and will assist in estimating the potential impact of road-freight taxation on the logistics competitiveness of the export sector in Ireland.

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Working Paper 15-WP-SEMRU-02

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