Panama leads 2013 Infrastructure Index
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29th October 2013

Despite improvements to ease of importing and exporting, Mexico dropped in the ranking.

Getting products to market remains one of the greatest challenges in Latin America’s markets. Poor or insufficient road coverage, blackouts, delays at seaports and airports, and draconian bureaucracy are just some of the challenges that hold up trade and therefore economic growth in Latin America. Still, some countries are clearly ahead of others in overcoming this infrastructure challenge. The latest Latin Infrastructure Index from LBC measures the relative infrastructure development of 18 countries in Latin America based on a number of criteria. This includes the relative development and maintenance of a country’s roads, railroads, airports and seaports, as well as electricity and water supply, and the documents required to import or export, amount of time to import or export, and cost per container.
For another year, Panama comes out on top of our index, despite a small change in its overall score. As a regional center of shipping, the country boasts the region’s highest-quality seaports and airports, and among the best roads. It also enjoys the region’s lowest cost per container of exports, and boasts the region’s lowest number of documents required to export at three, and lowest number of days to import at nine.
The top three is rounded out by Chile and Uruguay. Chile has the region’s second-best road, seaport, and airport infrastructure, and requires just 5 documents to import …

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