Trade Facilitation


According to the 2014 World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) which measures countries’ trade logistics efficiency, Burkina Faso is ranked 98th out of 155 countries and all scores including customs, international shipments, logistics competence, tracking and tracing, timeliness, and infrastructure are higher than the average scores of Sub-Saharan Africa region and lower income group. However, the OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (2013) suggests that Burkina Faso only performs better than the averages of Sub-Saharan African and low income countries in the area of internal border agency co-operation whereas its advance rulings, appeal procedures, harmonisation and simplification of documents and streamlining of procedures are below the averages of those countries. This is in line with the finding of the World Bank Doing Business report 2014, which estimates that the exporters wait 41 days and spend $2,455 for the export, whereas it takes 31 waiting days and costs $2,108 for other Sub-Saharan African countries, on average. With regard to importing, it takes 49 days and costs $4,430 for Madagascar, while 38 days and costs $2,793 for the comparator countries. So far, although the good international connectivity is a key for Burkina Faso to conduct international trade, and it is therefore essential to design adequate international road network and decrease documentation requirement, the government has not made much progress so far and its ability of road maintenance, high transport and transit costs and ability of enforcement to control borders remain challenges.

Logistics Performance Index (LPI): Country Comparison
Logistics Performance Index – Evolution