Trade Facilitation Impact

TNO is investigating how an advanced electronic system may improve the efficiency of importing and exporting containers at Dutch ports (both in terms of waiting time and administrative burden). This system will combine e-customs, e-documents, financial services, track & trace, etc...

Transport & Mobility Leuven has calculated the effect of the cost reduction on the volume of containers handled at the Dutch ports (the port of Rotterdam being the most important) and on the distribution of the benefits between the port of Rotterdam, Dutch consumers/producers and foreign consumers/producers.

TML used the World Container Model ( (WCM) to calculate the impact of this trade facilitation system. The effect is modelled as a reduction of the handling costs at the ports, which has an effect on the route choice of global container transporters.







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