Coordination in hinterland chains
From the first chapters of this book it became clear that ports fulfil multiple functions. They serve mainly as a transport node, but they are also a location for industrial, trade and logistics activities. In addition, ports are part of dynamic global supply chains and part of a network with a foreland and a hinterland. This chapter deals with the hinterland transport chain of ports. Chapter 8 of this book made already clear that ports are increasingly faced with congestion and that hinterland accessibility is a key factor in competition among ports. In that chapter hinter-land accessibility or improving the efficiency of port-related transport chains was approached from an infrastructural perspective and the perspective of dynamic traffic management. This chapter approaches hinterland accessibility as an organisational issue. It will show the importance of analysing coordination between actors responsible for an efficient functioning port-related transport chain.