Easing Trade Bottlenecks in Landlocked Developing Countries

Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face many challenges to integrate into global supply chains. This report identifies trade bottlenecks in LLDCs and provides recommendations on how to keep trade flowing smoothly across borders.

Without direct access to a sea or ocean and isolated from the world’s largest markets, LLDCs face specific trade bottlenecks, which increase trading costs, lengthen the time to process goods at the border and restrict the movement of goods across borders. Compounded by the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, LLDCs have seen trade decline more sharply and for longer than the rest of the world.

The report demonstrates the vital role the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement and other WTO agreements can play in facilitating trade and in broadening the opportunities for developing countries — and LLDCs in particular — to participate more fully in global value chains.

Published in 2021

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