A container load center with a developing hinterland : A case study of Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-201
Journal / PublicationJournal of Transport Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes


The development of the Hong Kong container port in a regional context is examined in the light of Hayuth's five-stage load-center model. The port-hinterland relationship between Hong Kong and China is unique as the hub and its hinterland belonged to two economies at different development levels and of different institutional settings. The development gap in containerization resulted in the inter-port competition stage being missed when Hong Kong became a load center. This case deviated further from Hayuth's model, as the challenges to the center from peripheral ports is largely an outcome of the penetration of the hub operators into other ports in China.

Research Area(s)

  • container port system, port-hinterland relationship, load center, Hong Kong, China