Dept. of Business Administration, Soochow University (SUBA)

International Conference on
Global Integration of Economies and Connectivity Development
in collaboration with Asian Logistics Round Table
August 31-September 1, 2015 | Soochow University | Taipei, Taiwan

Special Issue

Journal of International Logistics and Trade (JILT)
Special Issue on: "Trade and Logistics in an Era of Asian Integration"

Guest Editors:

Tsung-Chen Lee, Department of Economics, National Taipei University, Taiwan
Kai-Chieh Hu, Department of Business Administration, Soochow University, Taiwan
Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Department of Business Administration, Soochow University, Taiwan

In past decades, the Asian countries have made strenuous efforts in engaging free trade agreements (FTAs). This fact leads to a new era of commodity trade in the continent, and as a consequence, a restructure in the value chain of production network and a change in consumers’ preferences. As a key role in commodity transport, the industries of ports, shipping, aviation, and logistics facilitate the realization of economic gains from trade liberalization. A larger volume of shipping demand and a structural change in trade flows bring a new competition environment to the industries. Their efficiency, operation strategies, service quality, and externalities (such as air pollution, CO2 emissions) are topics of heated discussion. In view of the fact that Asia is the most prosperous region in terms of economic cooperation, the Asian experiences in trade liberalization and the development of port-related sectors are relevant to Asia itself and other continents. In the proposed special issue, we would like to invite original research papers on trade and logistics in the Asia countries. Both theoretical and empirical papers on all aspects of the related topics are welcomed. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Value chain transition in the Asian countries
  • Consumers’ preference change and trade liberalization policies (for a particular sector or national policy) in the Asian countries
  • Structural change in trade flows and development of port, shipping, aviation, and logistics sectors in the economic blocks, such as ASEAN, AANZFTA, RCEP, TPP, and BRICS
  • Efficiency, technology, operation strategies, service quality, environmental externalities and regulation in port, shipping, aviation, and logistics sectors