Analysing the Impact of Increasing Maritime Transport Costs on Price of Imported Goods “Case for Zanzibar

Kombo, Abdullah Hussein (2015) Analysing the Impact of Increasing Maritime Transport Costs on Price of Imported Goods “Case for Zanzibar. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study was piloted to analyze the impact of increasing maritime transport costs on the price of goods imported through Zanzibar port. This study followed the principles and procedure of a case study design, which is characterized with the study of a single unit over a range of variables. The researcher chose this study design that can take one single social unit for the study purpose. The total of 42 respondents included Government authorities, ship-owners, importers and shop retailers were selected through simple random and purposive sampling. A structured questionnaire and interview were used as major tools for data collection besides documentary review used as a means of beefing up the empirical data. Data was analyzed and the results presented in figures, tables and percentage (qualitative and quantitative).Transports cost is one of the major components of the cost structure in calculating the price of any commodity. Findings of this study shows that maritime transport costs contribute ranges from 1.5% to 5% of the total costs, Source author’s findings. The increasing price of goods imported through Zanzibar port is caused by the increasing maritime transport costs. Study findings shows that slight increase in stevedoring or ships waiting time costs increases the total freight charged by ship-owners which ultimately ends up increasing price of the specified goods.With an annual increase of maritime transport costs amounting to approximately USD $16.5 million on freight rates on goods imported through Zanzibar compared to other neighboring ports, impacts the additional price of goods imported through Zanzibar.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Leadership and Governance
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2020 07:58
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2020 07:58
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2413

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