Total Logistics Costs in West and Central Africa

Transport costs affect the price of goods imported by traders on two levels: (i) the financial cost of the logistics services (from gateway to final clearance, assuming goods are traded on a CIF basis), and (ii) the economic cost of delays and uncertainties on the delivery date (cost of excess inventory).

The Total Logistics Costs is the sum of those two components:

TLC = Financial cost of logistics services + Economic impact of delivery time and uncertainties on shipper

The two components can in turn be broken down into:



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