On behalf of the World Bank, Nathan measured the hidden logistics-related costs in six transport corridors in Central and West Africa. These include not only costs related to trucking but also time and opportunity costs resulting from inefficient processes and associated delays — in other words, all costs for getting goods from point A to point B.
After developing a methodology with the World Bank, our team tested it in the Cotonu-Niamey corridor, collecting trade flow data, analyzing trade facilitation in the region, and conducting a literature review. Our final report presents origin-destination matrices and analysis of four other corridors following the same methodology and application of an innovative logistics chain mapping software.
For the sixth corridor, Abidjan-Lagos, we adapted the methodology to fit its unique needs. We presented our findings at a conference in West Africa. Data collected for the study was entered into database that measures traffic volume, delays, and uncertainties.