Reports and reference guides
20 February 2013
20 Feb 2013
Addressing Hard and Soft Infrastructure Barriers to Trade in South Asia
Asian Development Bank
This paper explains hard and soft barriers to trade in South Asia by analyzing transport links and trade facilitation issues. First, the paper examines data on transport networks and trade logistics obtained from national statistics, government agencies, and consultations with private stakeholders and freight forwarders to understand physical barriers to trade in South Asia. Second, this paper estimates trade gains from addressing soft-side issues, including efficiency improvements in the movement of trade cargo.