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Hinterland Intermodal Freight Flow Optimization for Ports Competition Evidence of West Africa ECOWAS Region

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Abstract: Majorproblem considered in this study was the intermodal routing problem of regional freight transportation in West AfricaECOWAS (Economic Community Of West Africa States), which can be definedas the problem of determining the freight flow quantity, the transportationmode in each transit corridor while satisfying the freight demand at each WestAfrica transit country (Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger). The objective was tominimize in land transportation costs. In order to solve optimally andrepresent the problem, this research employed a linear programming model. Themodel was solved using Lingo Mathematic Application. The model results showedthat port oriented freight logistics in west Africa ECOWAS region do not flowalong optimal path and such incur longer time and higher logistics cost than isgeographically necessary.

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