Trade Facilitation Issues in South Asia

Commissioned by SACEPS and ADB, this study identifies the major trade facilitation related issues affecting intra-regional trade in South Asia. In doing so, a survey was carried out among 53 exporting companies and 38 importing companies in 5 South Asian countries – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, to assess the documentation needs, trading times and other barriers in exporting and importing. The study also draws a road map for trade facilitation in SAARC based on regional experiences and identified best practices.

Research team

Deshal De Mel
Suwendrani Jayaratne
Dharshani Premaratne


South Asia Center for Policy Studies (SACEPS) and Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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