Freight logistics in Latin America and the Caribbean: An agenda to improve performance

Jul 2010
The purpose of this Technical Note is to identify the main obstacles to logistics performance in Latin America and the Caribbean (the Region) and to offer an agenda for action. The note includes a didactic presentation of the conceptual foundations of freight logistics for those interested in the formulation of public policies across the diverse areas covered by this topic. The document studies the relative position of Latin America¿s logistics performance by reviewing the main available indicators and analyzing the probable causes of the performance gap between the Region and other countries. The study¿s methodology includes: an in¿depth review of the most critical components that contribute to the weak regional performance, and an examination of documents that assess the logistics situation of 10 countries in the Region. Based on the results, a public policy agenda is formulated, to improve the Region's performance and identify country clusters with different requirements.