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Rail-Road Hinterland Intermodal Terminal Location in West Africa Region—Case Study of Corridor Port of Abidjan to Ouagadougou-Bamako

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Abstract: Efficient and effective movement of goods is very critical in today’scompetitive environment especially for developing countries suffering fromcrippling logistics costs which limit their competitive ability in the globaleconomy. Putting in place an optimal logistics network design offers greatpotential for logistics cost reduction and service quality improvement [1]. Therefore, this paper presents amodel for effective integration of inland intermodal terminal into logisticsnetwork. The model simultaneously determines the number and location of inlandterminals in network that minimize the total cost of freight flow tohinterland. The model uses Abidjan port in Cote d’Ivoire as the case study forsolving numeric examples. The problem will be formulated in the case of arail-road network where post-routing is done by road and rail link betweenterminal. We present a linear optimization model which is implemented usingLINGO Mathematical Modeling Language.

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