Haiti has worst transport infrastructure in the Caribbean

With data gathered from the Central Intelligence Agency, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank, an online Latin American business publication, Latinvex, has published the latest, and perhaps most comprehensive, ranking for the Latin American Transport Infrastructure.


19 countries in the hemisphere, including the two which share the island of Hispaniola, have been evaluated for their efficiency in 17 fields, to assess the ease of movement and ease of conducting business in all areas of transportation.

These 17 factors contribute to the overall quality of the transportation system in each country and include; air, railway and traditional road transportation, required documents for the importation and exportation of containers, cost and time, the simplicity with which affordable shipments can be arranged, an effective experience with border clearance and customs, port quality, high-caliber practices for tracing and tracking consignments, excellent logistics services, reliable schedules for delivery to consignees and a high percentage of paved roads, airport and runways alike.

So, where on this list does Haiti, plagued with the western hemisphere's worst economy, fall? With its often unreliable schedules, labyrinthine paper trail and poor port, road and air transport quality, Haiti's transportation system ranks as the worst on the list. The news was fodder for the Dominican Republic as the closest neighbor and harshest critic of Haiti ranked as the region's third best. The success of the other country was due to having the shortest waiting time to export containers and the second-shortest for their importation of containers, among other attributes.

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