The hidden costs of broken supply chains
With tariffs so low, what's holding up cross-border trade?
October-December 2013
By: Jean-Pierre Fellenbok , Mark Gottfredson

• How often do border officials demand “facilitation payments” to move goods efficiently? Are you prepared for the repercussions of not paying (i.e., potentially severe delays)?

Telecom and transportation infrastructure:

• Does the country have an electronic system at the border, allowing shippers to declare goods in advance and speed up processing? Are those systems reliable and used consistently?

• How fast, on average, are truck or rail shipments able to move to and from key ports? What are the common delays and how costly are they?

• What special fees, licenses or other special regulations do local authorities impose on truckers that add costs or slow the movement of goods?

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