Trading across Borders in


Below is a detailed summary of the time and cost associated with the logistical process of exporting and importing goods. Under the new methodology introduced this year, Doing Business measures the time and cost (excluding tariffs) associated with three sets of procedures—documentary compliance, border compliance and domestic transport—within the overall process of exporting or importing a shipment of goods. In addition, the list of documents needed to trade internationally is provided below.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 190 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2016.

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Characteristics Export Import
Product HS 74 : Copper and articles thereof HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles
Trade partner China Thailand
Border Mittaphab Bridge border crossing Mittaphab Bridge border crossing
Distance (km) 27 27
Domestic transport time (hours) 2 2
Domestic transport cost (USD) 150 150
Export documents
Bill of Lading
Commercial Invoice
Packing list
Road transit document
Export Customs declaration
Permission from the Ministry of Mining in Lao
Copy of the tax registration
Copy of the business license
Import documents
Commercial Invoice
Carriers report
Packing list
Copy of business license
Copy of tax registration
Import customs declaration
Copy of the exporter license
Copy of the import license