Trade Facilitation

Description

According to the World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) (2012) which measures countries’ trade logistics efficiency, Qatar is ranked 33rd out of 155 countries. Although Qatar outperforms in every category compared to the average of Middle East and North African countries, its overall performance is not much different from the average of non-OECD high income countries. The Qatari competitive edge lies in timeliness of shipments in reaching destination within expected delivery time. According to the World Bank Doing Business Report (2013), exporting and importing one standard container of goods takes 17 days each in Qatar, which is less than the regional averages of 20 days and 24 days respectively. The cost to export and import a container amounts to USD 885 and USD 1,033, which are also less than the regional averages of USD 1,127 and USD 1,360. In 2013, Qatar conducted economic reforms to introduce a new online portal for Customs Clearance Single Window “Al-Nadeeb”. It was launched in Doha port and Doha International Airport, and is currently under process in Abu Samra port, allowing electronic submission of customs declarations for clearance at these points.

Logistics Performance Index (LPI): Country Comparison
Source: World Bank, Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

Note: World Bank, 2012

Logistics Performance Index – Evolution
Source: World Bank, Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

Note: World Bank, 2012