Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Chris Nash
Chapter 11: Freight demand
Just like passenger transport, freight transport is a derived demand, in this case derived from the product markets. Knowledge about the situation and the trends on these markets is indispensable for understanding freight transport. Defining freight transport demand is much more straightforward than measuring it. Freight transport demand refers to the required volume of goods movement between different locations. There are many different ways this volume can be measured, and different operational definitions of freight transport correspond with different drivers of demand, policy levers and impacts on society.
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