The interim review looks at APEC’s progress in addressing the five chokepoints in the second phase of the APEC Supply-Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan 2017-2020 (SCFAP-II). The progress is measured by tracking changes in the external indicators assigned to each chokepoint since the last update in 2017. The five chokepoints are: 1) lack of coordinated border management and underdeveloped border clearance and procedures; 2) inadequate quality and lack of access to transportation infrastructure and services; 3) unreliable logistics services and high logistical costs; 4) limited regulatory cooperation and best practices; and 5) underdeveloped policy and regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce.
APEC’s overall performance has been relatively mixed – promising results for chokepoints 1 and 2, rather mixed results for chokepoints 3 and 5, and less favourable results for chokepoint 5. The review also identifies some issues and challenges that may have hindered the region’s supply chain connectivity performance from reaching its full potential, such as the adoption of automation and harmonization of regulations.