Trade Facilitation Data Dashboard

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Our dashboard enables you to check how a country is performing on trade facilitation and compare performance between countries. It brings together data from the World Economic Forum and Alliance’s Enabling Trade Index, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Trade Facilitation Indicators and the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement Database.

The dashboard has three sections. The first allows you to explore the Enabling Trade Index’s data specifically on efficiency and transparency of border administration. The second shows the trade facilitation policies that countries have adopted as measured by the Trade Facilitation Indicators and the notifications they have made under the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The third allows you to explore the broader trade environment using all 57 indicators of the Enabling Trade Index. Click the orange text above the scatterplot to move between the three sections.

To view a country’s data or compare two countries, either select the country from the drop down menu or click on it in the graphic on the right hand side.

Efficiency and transparency of border administration

Transparent and efficient procedures at borders are key for the smooth functioning of international trade.

Ranging on a scale from 1 (worst) to 7 (best), this indicator captures efficiency, transparency and costs associated with importing and exporting goods. It includes an assessment of the range, quality and comprehensiveness of key services offered by customs and related agencies, and the average time, costs and number of documents required to, respectively, import and export goods. The indicator also assesses the time predictability of border procedures, as well as the transparency of the process—as measured by the availability and quality of information provided by border agencies—and the prevalence of corruption.

This indicator is one of the pillars of the Enabling Trade Index, co-published in 2016 by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the World Economic Forum. It aggregates 13 indicators collected from different sources.

To explore the results of each economy, click on the dots of the scatterplot.

Trade facilitation policies and TFA notifications

Under the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) which entered into force in February 2017, developing and least developed countries can ask for assistance and support for capacity building from donor members to implement specific provisions of the agreement.

To benefit from this assistance program, each developing and least-developed country member must notify the WTO how they have categorised the TFA provisions using one of the following categories:

  • Category A: Provisions that the Member will implement by the time the Agreement enters into force (or in the case of a least-developed country Member within one year after entry into force)
  • Category B: Provisions that the Member will implement after a transitional period following the entry into force of the Agreement
  • Category C: Provisions that the Member will implement on a date after a transitional period following the entry into force of the Agreement and requiring the acquisition of assistance and support for capacity building.

This figure provides an overview of the policies currently in place in the countries as measured by the OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators (blue petals) and of their notifications grouped by the 12 articles of the TFA (red petals). Longer rays represent, respectively, better trade facilitation policies and more comprehensive commitments with respect to the TFA articles.

The enabling trade environment

While the efficiency and transparency of border processes are key factors to take into account when managing supply chains, other aspects are also relevant, including tariff structures, domestic infrastructure, logistics services and the broader operating environment of a country.

Through 57 indicators grouped into seven pillars, the Enabling Trade Index provides an overview of the institutions, policies, infrastructures and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destination in 136 economies.

Results are expressed on a scale of 1 (worst) to 7 (best). You can visualise a summary of the results through a heatmap or a bubble graph, and click on each country for a more detailed analysis.

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