Optimal distribution of intermodal transport: Application to perishables exports

Juan Carlos Pérez-Mesa, José Antonio Salinas Andújar


This paper discusses the benefits using intermodal transport for fruit and vegetables. Multi-Criteria Decision Making techniques are applied for optimal allocation between land or intermodal transport. Also a sensitivity analysis is made for knowing changing priorities in decision-makers (exporters) to encourage a modal shift. The results show savings in intermodal transport costs in relation to land transport cost. However the exporter must assume increased time of delivery of goods.


Motorway of the sea; Fruit and vegetables; Multi-criteria analys

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F14, Q17.

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