The Significance of Transport Costs in Africa

Naudé, Wim and Matthee, Marianne (2007). The Significance of Transport Costs in Africa. United Nations University Press.

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  • Author Naudé, Wim
    Matthee, Marianne
    Title The Significance of Transport Costs in Africa
    Volume/Issue No. 5
    Publication Date 2007-12-27
    Place of Publication Helsinki
    Publisher United Nations University Press
    Pages 7
    Language eng
    Abstract The success of Africa’s exports, as well as its spatial development, depends on lowering transport costs. In this Policy Brief, we address a number of pertinent questions on transport costs in Africa, such as ‘what are transport costs?’, ‘do transport costs matter for trade?’, ‘how important are transport costs in practice?’, and ‘why are Africa’s transport costs so high?’ We present a case study of the firm location decisions of exporters in South Africa to illustrate the significance in particular of domestic transport costs for manufactured exports. The message from this Policy Brief is that Africa’s international transport costs are significantly higher than that of other regions, and its domestic transport costs could be just as significant. Moreover we show how domestic transport costs influence the location, the quantity, and the diversity of manufactured exports. Various policy options to reduce transport costs in Africa are discussed.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2007
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 1814802
    ISBN 9789280830
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