Trade Facilitation and Logistics
About the Program
In today's global trading environment, supply chains intertwine seamlessly through countries and regions and trading has essentially become a 24/7 business.
Having an inefficient and inadequate transportation, logistics and trade-related infrastructure and services can severely impede a country's ability to compete on a global scale. In particular, developing countries and especially those that are landlocked, face considerable challenges when it comes to tackling trade facilitation issues. Recognizing this, the World Bank's trade facilitation experts have developed a range of toolkits, data tools and publications that will help developing countries improve their trade facilitation efforts. Read More >> For questions on trade facilitation and logistics, please contact: Jean Francois Arvis
Logistics Performance Index 2014
The LPI is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance. The LPI 2014 allows for comparisons across 160 countries.
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Publications Trade and Transport Corridor Management Toolkit Charles Kunaka, Robin Carruthers | May 2014 Free Download and resource materials Logistics Peformance Index 2014 J.F. Arvis, D. Saslavsky, L. Ojala, B. Shepherd, C. Busch, and A. Raj | March 2014 LPI Homepage Quantitative Analysis of Road Transport Agreements (QuARTA) C. Kunaka, V. Tanase, P. Latrille, P. Krausz | April 2013 Free Download | Book Widget Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation and Logistics Kate Higgins | April 2012 Free Download Connecting Landlocked Developing Countries to Markets: Trade Corridors in the 21st Century J.F. Arvis, Graham Smith, Robin Carruthers | April 2011 Free Download | Book Widget Trade and Transport Facilitation Assessment M.A. Mustra, J.F. Arvis, with J. Arnold, R. Carruthers and D. Saslavsky | March 2010 Free Download | Book Widget Logistics in Lagging Regions: Overcoming Lo-cal Barriers to Global Connectivity Charles Kunaka | December 2010 Free Download | Book Widget Trade Facilitation Facility
In April 2009 the World Bank Group launched the TFF, a multi-donor trust fund that assists developing countries in improving their trade facilitation systems.
Learn More >> Blog Posts How Social Connections and Business Ties Can Boost Trade: An Application of Social Network Analysis Anasuya Raj, Jean Francois Arvis | April 2014 A Portal to Greater South-South Cooperation Richard Record, Miles McKenna | April 2014 In a Complex World, Logistics Improvements Require Measurement and Strategy Jean Francois Arvis, Julia Oliver | March 2014 Growth in Greece? A Logistical Possibility Daria Taglioni, Miles McKenna | November 2013 West Bank Check-Points Damage Economy, Illustrate High Cost of Trade Barriers Massimiliano Cali, Julia Oliver | July 2013 WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: A Development Opportunity Selina Jackson, Gerard McLinden | July 2013 Why Does Cargo Sit So Long In African Ports? Not Just Poor Infrastructure… Poor Incentives Gael Raballand | June 2013 Connecting Economists to Networks Jean Francois Arvis | June 2013 Road Freight Transport: What Bilateral Agreements Tell Us About Trade Openness Charles Kunaka, Virginia Tanase, Amir Fouad | May 2013 More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Why Logistics Matter for Your Kindle Ben Shepherd, Daniel Saslavsky, Julia Oliver | February 2013 Why Is Trade More Costly For Poor Countries? A New Database Gives Us Some Answers Jean Francois Arvis, Ben Shepherd, Julia Oliver | February 2013 Managing Logistics Risks in Agricultural Supply Chains along International Corridors Jean Francois Arvis, Ian Gillson, Charles Kunaka | October 2012 Facilitating Trade, Facilitating Development Otaviano Canuto | July 2012 Where is our Road? Taking the Politics out of Regional Transport Infrastructure Planning Charles Kunaka, Julia Oliver, Negede Lewi | May 2012