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

Author: Inter-American Development Bank, Transport Division

In Central America, distances are too short and freight volumes are too small to consolidate a dense short-distance sea transport network. In addition, there is no transnational rail network. These two factors make trucking a key player for international freight. This technical note, edited by Pablo Guerrero and Julieta Abad, features trucking in Belize, Central America and the Dominican Republic according to the following topics: regulatory framework and vehicle fleet; activity, productivity and efficiency; business organization; consumption and impacts; cost of freight; cargo security, and transport facilitation over land borders. As a conclusion, the technical note provides policy recommendations to improve trucking performance in the studied countries.