A bilevel storage pricing model for outbound containers in a dry port system

Xuan Qiu, Jasmine Siu Lee Lam, George Q. Huang

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Serving as a potential solution for seaport congestion and capacity limitation, dry port development is increasingly popular in the freight transport industry. This paper pioneers the research on dry port operations by modelling the storage pricing problem for outbound containers. The interaction between a dry port and multiple shippers is modelled as a bilevel program. The optimal properties of the proposed model under certain conditions are derived analytically, from which a closed-form solution is obtained. Contrary to intuition, the increase of container delivery frequency from shippers may lead to the reduction of dry port's profit according to model outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-83
Number of pages19
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilevel programming
  • Dry port
  • Inland logistics
  • Inland port
  • Outbound containers
  • Storage pricing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation


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