IN THE JOURNAL | GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
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?

COMMENTS
Emelia Ingram 10/24/2017 11:45 AM
Supply chain is an important part when it comes to economic and in the whole industry. Businesses needs to invest to their operations so that they can be more competitive but they need to monitor the supply chain of course. If they don't monitor their supply chain costings it will be a big risk for them and they will have more expense rather than having an affordable and high quality suppy chain. Learn more about supply chain costings here: BR International Supply Chain Services.
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