Country Profile: Swaziland








UN trade profile (link)

Key government contacts Swaziland Revenue Authority (website)
Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Trade (website)
Responsible to coordinate with donors:
Mr. Newman Sizwe Ntshangase
Director – International Trade Department
P.O. Box 451 Mbabane
Telephone: +268 24041808/9
Fax: +268 24043833
Main transport corridors -/-
Key private sector organisations N/A
WCO revised Kyoto ratification Yes, 2012 (Source: WCO)
National TF body N/A (Source: UNCTAD)
Mr. Jinnoh Nkambule
Principal Secretary
P.O. Box 451 Mbabane
Telephone: +268 2404 3201
Fax: +268 2404 3055
Customs IT system N/A

WTO TFA notification and ratification

WTO needs assessment June 23-27, 2008 (WTO, USAID Trade Hub)
Nov. 4-8, 2013 (TMSA)
Category Received Date Link
A Yes -/- -/-
B No -/- -/-
C No -/- -/-
Ratification No -/- -/-

TF indicators and resources

Logistics Performance Index – World Bank

The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is based on a worldwide survey of operators on the ground (global freight forwarders and express carriers), providing feedback on the logistics “friendliness” of the countries in which they operate and those with which they trade, supplemented with quantitative data on the performance of key components of the logistics chain in the country of work. The LPI provides a comparative ranking and overall score based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance is one of seven areas covered by the LPI.

LPI_Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance_Tunisia

Source: World Bank

Doing Business Report/Trading Across Borders Ranking – World Bank

The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level. The Trading across Borders indicators capture the documents, time and cost required for the logistical process of exporting and importing containerized goods by seaport, but they do not measure the cost of the sea transport or of tariffs or capture any aspects relating to international trade agreements.


Source: World Bank

Enabling Trade Index – World Economic Forum

The WEF’s Global Enabling Trade Report assesses the quality of institutions, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destinations. At the core of the report, the Enabling Trade Index benchmarks the performance of 138 economies in four critical areas: market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure, and regulatory and business environment. The border administration component looks at the efficiency and transparency of border and customs administration based on 11 separate indicators.

ETI_Border Administration_Swaziland

Source: World Economic Forum

Trade Facilitation Indicators – OECD

The OECD trade facilitation indicators cover the full spectrum of border procedures, from advance rulings to transit guarantees, for 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages. Estimates based on the indicators provide a basis for governments to prioritise trade facilitation actions and mobilise technical assistance and capacity-building efforts for developing countries in a more targeted way.

See the Swaziland TF profile (2014).