Trucking Services in Belize, Central America, and the Dominican Republic: Performance Analysis and Policy Recommendations

This study is part of a series of actions promoted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for freight logistics in Central America, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. It encompasses a preliminary analysis of trucking, which will be updated as the ongoing data collection process proceeds. Trucking services have a dominant position in intra-regional trade movements, motivated by a reduced competition with other modes of transport. The non-existence of a transnational railroad network or consolidated alternatives for short sea shipping leaves roads as the only available option for freight transport within the region. The poor performance of the trucking sector, added to possible future threats, make it necessary to identify the areas that require assertive public policy to boost efficiency. This document analyzes trucking performance based on six main themes: the regulatory framework, vehicle fleets, activity level, productivity and efficiency, business organizations and commercialization, and consumption and impacts. In addition, a series of recommendations are proposed based on the main obstacles and threats identified, which are classified according to the themes mentioned in the previous paragraph. Policy recommendations are structured around three themes: 1) improving the efficiency and productivity of the service; 2) improving security and minimizing energy consumption and environmental impact; and 3) protecting road infrastructure.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Note
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 26p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01744375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. IDB-TN-511
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2020 12:03PM