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Understanding connectivity to international markets: a systematic review

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Improving freight connectivity is increasingly a topic at the centre of the international trade and transport policy agendas. An examination of available documents and studies in both the policy-making and the academic fields shows that the concept of freight connectivity has often been defined in different ways, and thus has taken a variety of meanings. This poses the question on what connectivity is and what are its determinants in the context of international trade. We are not aware of any studies that have analysed, in a systematic way, the different perspectives and determinants of freight connectivity so as to increase access to international markets. This paper seeks to fill this gap by performing a systematic literature review that spans disciplines such as Transport Engineering, Transport and International Economics, and Supply Chain Management. The outcome of this examination is a multidisciplinary framework that hopefully will help stakeholders to understand freight connectivity to international markets better, as well as guide future research and analysis in policy-making.
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Keywords: Connectivity; international trade; logistics; supply chain; transportation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK 2: School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK 3: School of Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health, The Royal Veterinary College, Hartfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK 4: Department of Economics, University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Publication date: November 1, 2016

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