Arabian Gulf countries as a group are some of the world’s most business-friendly emerging markets. However, most of them continue to perform poorly when it comes to trading across their borders. This poor performance could be linked specifically to the land-border crossing landscape in the GCC region. This is one of the reasons why nations in the Arabian Gulf continue to lag behind leading developed countries on cross-border trade. These challenges primarily exist due to the absence of harmonized customs procedures across the GCC member states. In its latest white paper, entitled ‘Trade facilitation to overcome GCC border delays’, GPCA provides recommendations to overcome the challenges and highlights the opportunities to improve regional cross border trade.

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