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Modal shift to inland waterways: dealing with barriers in two Swedish cases

Conference contribution
Authors Sara Rogerson
Vendela Santén
Martin Svanberg
Jon Williamsson
Johan Woxenius
Published in The 23rd Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), Plymouth, 5-7 September
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Business Administration
Department of Business Administration, Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics
Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Northern LEAD
Language en
Keywords Inland Waterways, Shipping, Barriers
Subject categories Business Administration, Transport Systems and Logistics


Previous research on IWW transport has identified various types of barriers for a modal shift from road to sea: regulatory, financial, service and market related (described further later in the paper). In order for a modal shift to take place, actors need to take external prerequisites into account, but foremost, offer competitive services that can overcome the barriers. In Sweden, actors have to take major steps to attract a larger volume of goods that will enable the shift to IWW transportation. Barriers and key issues for implementation need to be understood from the perspective of how actors can overcome them. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to analyse how barriers for a modal shift can be overcome, by studying actors in the start-up phase of offering IWW transport services.

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