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Logistics Performance Index (LPI) – Great Data, Easily Viewed

Toronto Ont,  November 19, 2015           In Singapore at the 2013 FIATA World Congress one of the plenary speakers from the World Bank impressed me so much with his discussion of the value of the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) that it stayed with me over the past two years and it took me onl151119 Logistics Performance Indexy seconds to find my notes from that event. He explained that the data in the survey is relative and it should be viewed as trending data. How does your country (Canada) perform against other countries in any given year? And, perhaps more importantly, how has Canada scored over the past three or four surveys. How are we trending under the key indices Customs, Infrastructure, International Shipments, Logistics Competence, Tracking and Tracing, and Timeliness.

The World Bank speaker went on to describe how we can use these data to create a Canadian global logistics efficiency roadmap. He also recommended that we take our country data to relevant authorities such as the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada, using the survey results to give credence to questions about trade facilitation activities, infrastructure investment, procedural and regulatory improvements. What can the government of Canada do to improve our results?

These are our results. Freight forwarders (global logistics service providers) provide the data.

Canada’s 2014 performance: Country Score Card: Canada 2014

Comparing Canada’s 2014 performance: Against World Leader, Germany

Comparing Canada’s scores across the four survey years: (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014)

With the implementation of eManifest at the highway and rail crossing and the pending transition to eHBL it will be very interesting to compare our results in 2016 to 2014 and 2012. Maybe we won’t see the efficiency improvements we and the CBSA anticipate from the modernization activities until the 2017/18 survey?

If you are working at a global logistics service company and you’re dealing with international shipments, please take the survey at 2015 / 2016 Survey. It should only take around 20 minutes.

The World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) benchmarks logistics performance in around 160 countries. The next edition will be published in the spring of 2016.

Key to the relevance of the LPI is that the index is the voice of logistics professionals. The LPI is based on a survey among international freight forwarders who share their experience in moving goods and organizing international supply chains for their customers. This is a unique opportunity to “vote” and ultimately influence the environment that you, as professionals, operate in.

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