Cost to import, border compliance (US$) - Country Ranking

Definition: Border compliance captures the time and cost associated with compliance with the economy’s customs regulations and with regulations relating to other inspections that are mandatory in order for the shipment to cross the economy’s border, as well as the time and cost for handling that takes place at its port or border. The time and cost for this segment include time and cost for customs clearance and inspection procedures conducted by other government agencies.

Source: World Bank, Doing Business project (http://www.doingbusiness.org/).

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Dem. Rep. Congo 3,039.00 2019
2 Barbados 1,776.00 2019
3 Congo 1,580.60 2019
4 Venezuela 1,500.00 2018
5 Cameroon 1,406.90 2019
6 The Bahamas 1,385.00 2019
7 Tanzania 1,350.00 2019
8 Gabon 1,320.00 2019
9 Grenada 1,256.00 2019
10 Argentina 1,200.00 2019
11 Sudan 1,092.50 2019
12 Nigeria 1,076.80 2019
13 Djibouti 1,055.00 2019
14 Angola 1,030.00 2019
15 Liberia 1,012.50 2019
16 Equatorial Guinea 985.00 2019
17 Chad 965.00 2019
18 Somalia 952.00 2019
19 Papua New Guinea 940.00 2019
20 Jamaica 906.00 2019
21 Dominica 905.60 2019
22 Samoa 900.00 2019
22 Bangladesh 900.00 2019
24 St. Lucia 842.10 2019
25 Kenya 832.50 2019
26 Syrian Arab Republic 827.80 2019
27 Sierra Leone 821.00 2019
28 Guinea 808.60 2019
29 Lebanon 790.00 2019
30 Comoros 765.40 2019
31 Afghanistan 750.00 2019
32 Solomon Islands 740.00 2019
33 Central African Republic 709.30 2019
34 Senegal 701.70 2019
35 Peru 700.00 2019
36 Philippines 689.50 2019
37 Belize 687.50 2019
38 Kiribati 685.00 2019
39 Vanuatu 680.60 2019
40 South Africa 676.00 2019
41 Iran 660.40 2019
42 Suriname 658.00 2019
43 Iraq 644.40 2019
44 Libya 637.40 2019
45 Trinidad and Tobago 635.00 2019
46 Kuwait 633.70 2019
47 Togo 611.70 2019
48 Palau 605.00 2019
49 Benin 599.10 2019
50 Tunisia 596.20 2019
51 Madagascar 595.00 2019
52 Cabo Verde 587.50 2019
53 Mauritania 580.00 2019
54 Dominican Republic 579.20 2019
55 Haiti 562.50 2019
56 Zimbabwe 561.70 2019
57 Qatar 557.80 2019
58 Egypt 553.70 2019
59 United Arab Emirates 553.30 2019
60 Ghana 552.90 2019
61 Guinea-Bissau 550.00 2019
62 Antigua and Barbuda 546.40 2019
63 Colombia 545.00 2019
63 Mali 545.00 2019
65 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 540.00 2019
66 Australia 539.00 2019
67 Russia 520.00 2019
68 Uruguay 500.00 2019
68 Costa Rica 500.00 2019
68 Paraguay 500.00 2019
71 Kyrgyz Republic 499.10 2019
72 Panama 490.00 2019
73 Honduras 482.80 2019
74 Saudi Arabia 464.50 2019
75 Niger 461.50 2019
76 Myanmar 456.70 2019
77 Côte d'Ivoire 455.70 2019
78 Mexico 450.00 2019
79 Uganda 446.70 2019
80 Burundi 443.60 2019
81 Timor-Leste 410.00 2019
82 Algeria 408.80 2019
83 São Tomé and Principe 406.00 2019
84 Guatemala 405.00 2019
85 Nicaragua 399.80 2019
86 Mozambique 399.00 2019
87 Bahrain 397.00 2019
88 Georgia 396.40 2019
89 Brunei 395.00 2019
90 Puerto Rico 385.70 2019
91 Indonesia 382.60 2019
92 Zambia 380.00 2019
93 Brazil 375.00 2019
94 Vietnam 373.00 2019
95 Mauritius 372.10 2019
96 New Zealand 366.50 2019
97 Iceland 365.00 2019
98 Seychelles 340.60 2019
99 Cyprus 335.00 2019
100 Tonga 330.00 2019
101 The Gambia 325.60 2019
102 Fiji 319.80 2019
103 Bolivia 315.00 2019
104 Japan 314.80 2019
105 Korea 314.60 2019
106 St. Kitts and Nevis 310.70 2019
107 Israel 306.70 2019
108 Montenegro 305.60 2019
109 Azerbaijan 300.00 2019
110 Sri Lanka 299.70 2019
111 Chile 290.00 2019
112 Pakistan 287.00 2019
113 Rwanda 282.10 2019
114 Uzbekistan 277.90 2019
115 India 266.10 2019
116 Hong Kong SAR, China 265.60 2019
117 Guyana 265.00 2019
118 Burkina Faso 264.50 2019
119 Ireland 253.00 2019
120 Ecuador 250.00 2019
121 Oman 243.60 2019
122 China 241.30 2019
123 Cambodia 240.00 2019
124 Thailand 232.50 2019
125 Malta 230.00 2019
126 Morocco 228.10 2019
127 Lao PDR 223.50 2019
128 Tajikistan 223.30 2019
129 Singapore 220.00 2019
130 Malaysia 212.50 2019
131 Mongolia 209.80 2019
132 Jordan 205.70 2019
133 Nepal 190.00 2019
134 United States 175.00 2019
135 Canada 171.90 2019
136 Lesotho 150.00 2019
136 North Macedonia 150.00 2019
138 Namibia 145.00 2019
139 Malawi 143.50 2019
140 Eswatini 134.40 2019
141 El Salvador 128.30 2019
142 Norway 125.00 2019
143 Ethiopia 120.00 2019
144 Liechtenstein 115.00 2019
144 Switzerland 115.00 2019
146 Bhutan 110.10 2019
147 Bosnia and Herzegovina 108.50 2019
148 Ukraine 100.00 2019
149 Botswana 98.10 2019
150 Moldova 82.80 2019
151 Albania 77.30 2019
152 Serbia 52.00 2019
153 San Marino 50.00 2019
154 Turkey 46.00 2019
155 Poland 0.00 2019
155 Latvia 0.00 2019
155 France 0.00 2019
155 Armenia 0.00 2019
155 Belgium 0.00 2019
155 Germany 0.00 2019
155 Netherlands 0.00 2019
155 Sweden 0.00 2019
155 Denmark 0.00 2019
155 Slovak Republic 0.00 2019
155 Austria 0.00 2019
155 Czech Republic 0.00 2019
155 Hungary 0.00 2019
155 Luxembourg 0.00 2019
155 Kazakhstan 0.00 2019
155 Spain 0.00 2019
155 Romania 0.00 2019
155 Slovenia 0.00 2019
155 Greece 0.00 2019
155 Bulgaria 0.00 2019
155 Italy 0.00 2019
155 Lithuania 0.00 2019
155 Croatia 0.00 2019
155 Belarus 0.00 2019
155 Portugal 0.00 2019
155 Estonia 0.00 2019
155 Finland 0.00 2019
155 United Kingdom 0.00 2019

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Limitations and Exceptions: If inspections by agencies other than customs are conducted in 20% or fewer cases, the border compliance time and cost measures take into account only clearance and inspections by customs (the standard case). If inspections by other agencies take place in more than 20% of cases, the time and cost measures account for clearance and inspections by all agencies. Different types of inspections may take place with different probabilities—for example, scanning may take place in 100% of cases while physical inspection occurs in 5% of cases. In situations like this, Doing Business would count the time only for scanning because it happens in more than 20% of cases while physical inspection does not. The border compliance time and cost for an economy do not include the time and cost for compliance with the regulations of any other economy.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The computation of border compliance time and cost depends on where the border compliance procedures take place, who requires and conducts the procedures and what is the probability that inspections will be conducted. If all customs clearance and other inspections take place at the port or border, the time estimate for border compliance takes this simultaneity into account. It is entirely possible that the border compliance time and cost could be negligible or zero, as in the case of trade between members of the European Union or other customs unions. If some or all customs or other inspections take place at other locations, the time and cost for these procedures are added to the time and cost for those that take place at the port or border. In Kazakhstan, for example, all customs clearance and inspections take place at a customs post in Almaty that is not at the land border between Kazakhstan and China. In this case border compliance time is the sum of the time spent at the terminal in Almaty and the handling time at the border. Doing Business asks contributors to estimate the time and cost for clearance and inspections by customs agencies— defined as documentary and physical inspections for the purpose of calculating duties by verifying product classification, confirming quantity, determining origin and checking the veracity of other information on the customs declaration. (This category includes all inspections aimed at preventing smuggling.) These are clearance and inspection procedures that take place in the majority of cases and thus are considered the "standard" case. The time and cost estimates capture the efficiency of the customs agency of the economy. Doing Business also asks contributors to estimate the total time and cost for clearance and inspections by customs and all other government agencies for the specified product. These estimates account for inspections related to health, safety, phytosanitary standards, conformity and the like, and thus capture the efficiency of agencies that require and conduct these additional inspections.

Aggregation method: Unweighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Insurance cost and informal payments for which no receipt is issued are excluded from the costs recorded. Costs are reported in U.S. dollars. Contributors are asked to convert local currency into U.S. dollars based on the exchange rate prevailing on the d