International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Analysis of the Operational Efficiency of International Logistics Hub Ports
Yong-Jeong Kim, Silvana Trimi, Sang-Gun Lee

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the world and has significantly disrupted global supply chains, including maritime transportation. It is imperative to continue making major changes in the role and efficiency of international logistics ports to support global supply chains, especially for the post-pandemic period. This study explores the key factors that affect the efficiency of international logistics hub ports. Specifically, we applied two different models of data envelopment analysis (DEA) to evaluate 21 container terminals of four international hub logistics ports in Northeast by examining the relationships between ports’ facility factors and annual cargo volume. The models delineated efficient container terminals from inefficient ones, as well as the effect of different economies of scale. The study results provide strategic insights to government policy makers for making investment decisions to enhance the competitiveness of international hub ports/infrastructures and port managers for improving the operational efficiencies of container terminals.

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