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Preface

The rapidly expanding interest in trade facilitation has stimulated numerous initiatives and projects aimed at improving the competitiveness of firms located in developing countries. Landlocked economies that depend on foreign transportation corridors for their trade have a very direct and obvious interest in actions to facilitate trade and bring down the costs of moving goods and services. Unfortunately, initiatives on the ground have not always been backed by a good analytical understanding of the impact of these operations or of the elements that produce the most value for the money allocated. This book is a comprehensive attempt to help fill this gap. It combines recent theoretical developments with facts, data, and examples that draw on the authors’ practical experience in project preparation and implementation on the ground. A key contribution of this work is that it offers an operational framework to better understand the causes and the structure of logistics costs, using microlevel analysis of the cost, time, and reliability of international trade supply chains. Trade corridors are among the most complex trade supply chains in terms of organization, involving many actors and government agencies and various transport modes in multiple countries. Although the focus of this work is on corridors, the conceptual framework can also be applied to xi

The Cost of Being Landlocked  

This book proposes a new analytical framework to interpret and model the constraints faced by logistics chains in landlocked countries. The...

The Cost of Being Landlocked  

This book proposes a new analytical framework to interpret and model the constraints faced by logistics chains in landlocked countries. The...