Optimal distribution of intermodal transport: Application to perishables exports


  • Juan Carlos Pérez-Mesa Universidad de Almería
  • José Antonio Salinas Andújar Universidad de Almería




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


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.


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Author Biographies

Juan Carlos Pérez-Mesa, Universidad de Almería

Departamento de Dirección y Gestión de Empresas.

José Antonio Salinas Andújar, Universidad de Almería

Departamento de Ingeniería Rural.


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