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Logistics Performance Index: Its Significance & Limitations

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Logistics is a critical component of any business that includes the movement of products from one location to another. The Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is a metric used to assess a nation’s logistics sector’s effectiveness and efficiency. It is a composite score that considers a number of things, including logistical proficiency and quality, international shipping, customs performance, and infrastructure.

The World Bank developed the LPI, which is revised every two years. The most recent study, which included 139 nations, was published in 2023. The study helps companies and governments make educated decisions by offering insightful information on the logistics performance of various nations.

The latest edition of the report that is published recently, and ranked Singapore as the top-performing country, followed by Finland, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. The report also highlighted the importance of technology and digitization in improving logistics performance, and called for greater investment in infrastructure, particularly in developing countries.

India has moved up six spots on the World Bank’s 2023 Logistics Performance Index (LPI). This achievement is credited to India’s investments in soft and hard infrastructure, along with technology.

The country ascended from the 44th place in 2018 to 38th in 2023 out of 139 countries on the index, demonstrating a significant enhancement in performance since being ranked 54th in 2014.

According to the report, the average dwell time for containers between May and October 2022 was three days for India and Singapore, much better than some of the industrialized countries.

The report further highlights that “The emerging economies with the shortest delays have gone beyond these packages and have implemented bold tracking and tracing solutions. India’s very low dwell time (2.6 days) is one example.”

Policymakers, companies, and academics frequently use the LPI Index to assess and compare the logistical performance of other nations. It may be used to pinpoint areas in need of development and investment since it offers insightful information about the advantages and disadvantages of a nation’s logistics system.

Customs, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics quality and competence, tracking and tracing, and timeliness are the six factors used to compute the LPI. Each of these components is assigned a number out of 5, and the total score is the average of all six scores.

Definition of Logistics Performance Index Indicators

Source: World Bank [2023]

The element of customs that assesses the effectiveness of customs clearance operations. Infrastructure evaluates the standard of the transportation network, including the ports, railroads, and highways. International shipments serve as a gauge of how simple they are to organize. The level of logistics expertise and quality is a gauge of the standard of the services offered by logistics providers. The capacity for tracking and tracing shipments is measured. The capacity to deliver items quickly and on schedule is known as timeliness.

Limitations

The LPI Score has two limitations. First, the experience of international freight forwarders might not represent the broader logistics environment in poor countries, which often relies on traditional operators. Also, International and traditional operators might differ in their interactions with government agencies – and in their service levels. Second, for landlocked countries and small island states, the LPI might reflect access problem outside the country accessed, such as transit difficulties. The low rating of a landlocked country might not adequately reflect its trade facilitation efforts, which depend on the workings of complex international transit systems. Landlocked countries cannot eliminate transit inefficiencies with domestic reforms.

Conclusion

The Logistics Performance Index is a crucial instrument for assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the global logistics sector. It offers insightful data on the logistics performance of various nations and assists businesses and policymakers in making decisions regarding logistics operations.

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Shantanu Trivedi
Shantanu Trivedi
Shantanu Trivedi is working as a faculty at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. He holds an MBA and a Ph.D. degree in Supply chain management. He has more than a decade of experience in teaching and research. He has published 2 books, 5 book chapters and more than 12 research papers and articles in international journals of repute. His research interest includes Supply chain management, agribusiness, online and distance education, Business sustainability and infrastructure management. He is the reviewer of many international publishing houses. He has presented his work and won awards at many research conferences and symposiums. He has worked on many research with state governments and the government of India. In his spare time, Shantanu loves to travel and explore nature.
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