Border waiting times
Waiting at borders causes major
for those in thequeues without access to even basic facilities, which is against humanrights. Furthermore, the resulting negative environmental impact, crimi-nality and the danger of spreading diseases are unbearable for the bor-der control staff, as well as for those living in the vicinity of the roadsleading to congested border crossing points.Waiting at borders also
annually to the economy be-cause of expensive equipment like trucks idling in queues; transportstaff spending long hours and even days without any productive activity;cargo not moving, thus increasing the cost of those goods, not to men-tion lost business opportunities. All actors, authorities and businesses thus have a common interest toact and a role to play to further facilitate trade and road transport at bor-der crossings and should work in public-private partnership to effectivelyachieve this objective.In many parts of the world, borders remain a long-term reality. Authori-ties should, however, endeavour to reduce the scope of border controlsto the necessary minimum in accordance with their international obliga-tions (e.g. the UN Convention on frontier controls), in particular throughmoving export-import procedures from borders to departure-destinationpoints.