Author : Arvis Jean-Franois et al.
Description:The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank, 2012. 68 p.This is the third edition of Connecting to Compete, a report summarizing the findings from the new dataset for the 2012 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) and its component indicators. The 2012 LPI also provides expanded data on import and export supply chains in 143 countries,including information on time, cost, and reliability and ratings on domestic infrastructure quality, the performance of core services, and the friendliness of trade clearance procedures. The 2012 LPI and its indicators encapsulate the firsthand knowledge of movers of international trade. This information is relevant for policymakers and the private sector seeking to identify priorities for reform of their soft and hard trade and logistics infrastructure.Findings include: Despite a positive trend in performance since 2007, infrastructure, clearance procedures, and quality of services remain serious constraints, except in high-income countries. Countries with substantial performance improvement are the ones that have implemented long-term and comprehensive reforms and investments. Efficient border clearance goes beyond customs and implies coordination of the various agencies involved. Greening the logistics is a growing concern, especially when shipping with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.