Quotation Munim, Ziaul Haque, Hasan, Khandaker Rasel, Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Tusher, Hasan Mahbub. 2022. A port attractiveness assessment framework: Chittagong Port’s attractiveness from the users’ perspective. Case Studies on Transport Policy. 10 (1), 463-471.




This study evaluates the attractiveness of the Chittagong Port of Bangladesh from the port users’ perspective. Existing maritime literature is focused on major ports of Europe, East Asia and North America, but many secondary ports of the mainline maritime network, which play a crucial role in their countries, are overlooked. Chittagong Port is such a port having an enormous impact on the economy of Bangladesh. The perceived attractiveness of this port to its users is assessed in this study based on six factors: port connectivity, facilities, costs, service quality, policy and management, and green port management practices. Data are collected on a 7-point Likert scale for 25 measurement items, and the port attractiveness measurement model is validated using Confirmatory Composite Analysis (CCA). The results indicate that the port users’ find the port’s connectivity most attractive and green port management practices least attractive. We also observe that port users with a high frequency of port usage find Chittagong Port less attractive compared to less frequent users. These findings have significant policy implications for the port authority and policymakers to enhance the port’s attractiveness, which is in a monopolistic position handling more than 90% of international trade for Bangladesh. Further, a validation of the port attractiveness assessment framework enables researchers and practitioners to use it as a standard instrument for assessing the attractiveness of ports having similar characteristics globally.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Case Studies on Transport Policy
Language English
Title A port attractiveness assessment framework: Chittagong Port’s attractiveness from the users’ perspective
Volume 10
Number 1
Year 2022
Page from 463
Page to 471
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2022.01.007
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2022.01.007
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2022.01.007


Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
Hasan, Khandaker Rasel (niversity of Tasmania, Australia)
Munim, Ziaul Haque (University of South-Eastern Norwa, Norway)
Tusher, Hasan Mahbub (University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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