Connecting to Compete: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy

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Connecting to Compete: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy
Supply chains are the backbone of international trade and commerce. Their logistics encompasses freight transportation, warehousing, border clearance, payment systems, and increasingly many other functions outsourced by producers and merchants to dedicated service providers. The importance of good logistics performance for economic growth, diversification, and poverty reduction is now firmly established. Although logistics is performed mainly by private operators, it has become a public policy concern of national governments and regional and international organizations. Supply chains are a complex sequence of coordinated activities. The performance of the whole depends on such government interventions as infrastructure, logistics services provision, and cross-border tra