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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2016 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health CENTER: MetroFreight

Evaluating Tradeoffs in Warehousing and Drayage Costs in the Greater Los Angeles Region

Project Summary

Project number: MF-4.1i
Funding source: Volvo Research and Educational Foundations

Performance period: 1/1/2016 to 11/1/2018


Project description

The Los Angeles region has a complex network of warehouses and distribution centers for handling both domestic and foreign trade. Los Angeles' freight system serves the local market and distributes goods around the country that arrive in Los Angeles via air or maritime ports. The warehousing needs of individual shippers vary significantly based upon their supply chain, customer base and product type. For this reason, the question of the optimal warehouse location has no easy answer. This study focuses on shippers whose primary decision factor is accessibility to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.


Genevieve Giuliano
Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
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