Asian-Pacific Rim Logistics

Asian-Pacific Rim Logistics

Global Context and Local Policies

Peter J. Rimmer

Encompassing China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia, extending to Australasia and connecting with South Asia, the Asian-Pacific Rim forms the world’s most dynamic economic region. Comprehending the region’s logistical structure and its institutions are of pivotal importance for businesses, researchers and policy-makers.

Chapter 6: Gateways and corridors

Peter J. Rimmer

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, business and management, operations management, economics and finance, asian economics, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


The Asian-Pacific Rim’s gateways and corridors provide building blocks for comprehending local logistics. Key elements are the scale and efficiency of the gateway’s port and airport infrastructure, and corridor capacity from gateway to market and within the urban area. Along with combined gateway–corridor reliability and information systems linking operators, these elements are integral components in any system designed for reducing life-cycle costs by eliminating steps in the handling of goods through the logistics network. Gateways and corridors within the Asian-Pacific Rim, like their counterparts in Europe and North America, have been given new institutional roles and functions to provide policy tools for national governments and regional bodies to reshape the logistics arena and redistribute economic activities (World Bank, 2005; Kunaka, 2010; Kunaka et al., 2012; Mustafa and Kunaka, 2012). This redistribution process is so designed that manufacturing and retailing are not concentrated in gateways, but spread along the corridor to encompass smaller cities and lagging rural areas. Before discussing this recasting of gateways and corridors in the Asian-Pacific Rim, a series of issues has to be addressed. How has the Rim’s logistics arena changed over time? How can regional gateways and aspiring gateways (proto-gateways) be identified and ranked? And how will these gateways and proto-gateways be interlinked by a series of corridors?

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