Alena Khaslavskaya and Violeta Roso
Chalmers University of Technology, Technology Management and Economics Department, SE-412 96, Gothenburg, Sweden.
The concept of dry ports has gained significant interest among
practitioners and researchers in the last decade. Consequently, publications on this topic have followed this development, and today there are more than 100 papers available in the Scopus and Science Direct databases compared to two papers in 2007.
Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to summarize current scientific knowledge on the phenomenon and to identify research outcomes, trends, and future research implications by conducting a systematic literature review (SLR). SLR is an explicit and reproducible method that assures reliability and traceability of the results. The selection of the relevant papers was done independently by each author using Rayyan QCRI software; the coding and analysis were conducted with the help of the qualitative data analysis software, NVivo.
Findings show that the research area is mainly represented by qualitative cases and optimization studies covering various aspects of dry ports. Dry port examples differ around the world based on location, functions, services, ownership, and maturity level. Although the research area is young and discrete, five main thematic areas are identified: debate on the concept; environmental impact; economic impact; performance impact and dry ports from a
Keywords: Dry port, Intermodal transportation, Hinterland, Seaport inland access, Systematic literature review.
Acknowledgements We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the time and effort devoted by the MEL reviewers on improving the quality of this work. This research was partially
funded by Interreg Value2Sea project.