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

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review (TRE)
Special Issue on: "Maritime Logistics and Port Connectivity in the Globalized Economy"

Guest Editors:

Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Department of Business Administration, Soochow University, Taiwan
T.C.E. Cheng, Kee-hung Lai, and Y.H. Venus Lun, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


In the 1960s, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established upon the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Subsequently, Brunei Darussalam joined in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, making up ten member states of ASEAN. ASEAN members and the countries of Australia and New Zealand signed an agreement in 2007 to establish the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). In 1996, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was established as an interregional forum at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand. ASEM aims to achieve a more balanced political and economic world order. As of 2014, there are 51 partners comprising 49 countries and two international organizations, including European Union (EU) members, the European Commission, ASEAN members and the ASEAN Secretariat, and adding China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea as of 2008. ASEAN members together with six other major trading partners (i.e., Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea) began the first round of negotiations in 2013 to establish the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). In the meantime, USA has been driving to establish the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in collaboration with most ASEAN members and APEC members. In addition, with ever closer and deeper collaboration among the member states of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and IBSA (India, Brazil, and South Africa), together with the vibrant free trade agreement (FTA) discussions among them, the maritime routes of China-Africa-South America (CASA) have been rapidly developing. The above regional economic blocks have boosted aggregate GDP through elimination of trade barriers and influenced the relocation of production lines through FTAs among the countries and territories concerned.

In essence, ASEAN aims to enhance regional cooperation under “three pillars”, i.e., security, socio-cultural integration, and economic integration. In the past decade, the logistics market in ASEAN has expanded significantly, alongside various FTAs being implemented within ASEAN and with ASEAN dialogue partners. ASEAN Economic Ministers have identified “Logistics” as one of the priority sectors for accelerated economic integration with the corresponding formulation of the “Roadmap for the Integration of Logistics Services”. In addition, China’s growing engagement in Africa and South America has accelerated international trade movement between ASEAN and the two continents. As a result, economic integrationin the area of logistics services, and competitiveness of production bases and relocation of production lines throughthe creation of an integrated logistics environment in the globalized economy have captured the attention of manufacturers, maritime logistics providers, academics, and policy makers.

In view of the huge maritime cargo volume and important differences in the geographical characteristics among Asia, Africa, America, Australia, and Europe, we see that both “maritime logistics and port connectivity” play an important role to promote regional economic development. Shipping and port operations facilitate scale economy in production and global shipping. The world’s economic development is closely associated with the efficiency and quality of shipping and port activities. A transport system consists of ports as nodes and shipping serves to link up the nodes through various transport modes. To enhance sustainability in shipping and port operations, it is highly desirable to adopt green transport operations with the aim to reduce negative externalities and improve operating efficiency. At the heart of a transport system, ports play a significant role as an interface among various transport modes to enhance connectivity to their hinterlands. Shipping and port connectivity involves the optimization of the interface and links between ports and their hinterlands. Core areas of shipping and port connectivity include coordination of transport operators, communication among key players in the transport chain, sharing of best practices in the transport sector, linking with hinterlands, continuous process improvement, and development of innovative business models for shipping and port operations.

All submitted papers should address significant issues pertinent to the theme of this Special Issue and fall within the scope of Transportation Research: Part E. This Special Issue will publish revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the following two international conferences: All submitted papers should address significant issues pertinent to the theme of this Special Issue and fall within the scope of Transportation Research: Part E. This Special Issue will publish revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the following two international conferences:

  • The Asian Logistics Round Table (ALRT) 2015 Conference on “Maritime Logistics and Business Connectivity in Trans-Pacific Economic Region” organized by the Department of Business Administration of Soochow University.
  • The Global Port Research Alliance (GPRA) 2015 Conference on “Port and Logistics Connectivity” organized by the Shipping Research Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

We also strongly encourage researchers who are unable to participate in the conferences to submit papers to this Special Issue. Research topics pertinent to this Special Issue include maritime logistics and business connectivity in the Trans-Pacific economic region, and port and logistics connectivity in the globalized economy.

This special issue covers the following areas related to shipping and port connectivity in the globalized economy:

  • Structural change in trade flows
  • Shipping routes and patterns
  • Transport system and transport connectivity
  • Relocation of production lines
  • Logistics development in economic blocks, such as ASEAN, AANZFTA, RCEP, TPP, BRICS, and IBSA
  • Port and hinterland integration
  • Innovative business model for shipping operations
  • Best and innovative practices for shipping and port connectivity
  • Economic or operational mechanisms that foster connectivity
  • Green shipping operations
  • Sustainability in port operations
  • Implications of regional integration for supply chain and logistics solutions
  • Policy implications of shipping and port connectivity development in ASEAN

For this special issue, authors are encouraged to use Elsevier’s online multimedia tools and submit supplementary materials such as simulation code and data, video, and Audio Slides along with their manuscripts. All submissions will go through the journal’s standard peer-review process. For guidelines to prepare your manuscript and for manuscript submission, please visit When submitting your manuscript, please choose “SI: Logistics Connectivity” for “Article Type”. This is to ensure that your submission will be considered for this special issue instead of being handled as a regular paper.

Please submit the Abstract to Professor Paul T-W Lee at the email address:

Important Dates
Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2014
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30 November 2014
Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 July 2015
Notification of acceptance of full papers: 1 December 2015