Trade Facilitation


According to the World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) which measures countries’ trade logistics efficiency, the CAR was ranked 98thout of 155 countries. Indices for infrastructure and international shipments are behind the regional average indices of Sub-Saharan African countries, whereas indices for the rest were higher than those countries.Transport costs in Central Africa are among the highest on the African continent while for the CAR which is a landlocked country, transit costs account for 33 per cent of export value. The waiting period can take up to 80 per cent of the total delivery time for merchandise from the CAR, compared to 20 per cent in East Asia, which significantly raises transit costs. The time-consuming and costly features are confirmed by the World Bank Doing Business Report (2013) that finds: exporting one standard container of goods takes 46 days and costs USD 5,490. Importing the same container of goods takes 46 days and costs USD 5,555. The country has adopted the regional integration strategy and committed to promote regional trade facilitation and the consultation process was revived in 2012 for the institutions affected by traffic strain in the corridor between Bangui in the CAR and Douala in Cameroon (WTO 2013).

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

Note: World Bank, 2012