Relationship between logistics infrastructure and trade: Evidence from Spanish regional exports

Sami Bensassi, Laura Márquez-Ramos*, Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, Celestino Suárez-Burguet

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    Geographical factors and transport infrastructure are two of the key determinants that influence international competitiveness. In this sense, the quality of such infrastructure and how widespread it is, the distribution and capacity of logistics facilities in a country, as well as the number of private operators and their degree of specialisation, all play an increasingly important role in the design of business strategies aimed at increasing a country's share of the international market. Until recently, however, availability and access to logistics services have been considered secondary factors when defining business competitiveness. This paper estimates an augmented gravity model of trade that specifically includes logistics and transport infrastructure indicators as explanatory variables. The model is estimated by using bilateral exports from 19 Spanish regions to 64 destinations (45 countries and 19 Spanish regions) with data for the period 2003-2007. The findings show that logistics is indeed important for the analysis of trade flows in goods and they highlight the importance of logistics measures at the regional level. In particular, the number, size and quality of logistics facilities positively influence export flows.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-61
    Number of pages15
    JournalTransportation Research. Part A: Policy & Practice: an international journal
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


    • Gravity equation
    • Logistics
    • Regional exports
    • Spain
    • Transport infrastructure

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management Science and Operations Research
    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Transportation


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