Enforcing Contracts

The enforcing contracts topic assesses the efficiency of the judicial system by following the evolution of a commercial sale dispute over the quality of goods and tracking the time, cost and number of procedures involved from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit until payment is received. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2013. Read the methodology.

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The data and analysis appearing on this page 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 189 economies.

The time to resolve a dispute, counted from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit in court until payment. This includes both the days when actions take place and the waiting periods between.

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Time (days)

The cost in court fees and attorney fees, where the use of attorneys is mandatory or common, expressed as a percentage of the debt value.

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Cost (% of claim)

The average number of procedures to enforce a contract. The list of procedural steps compiled for each economy traces the chronology of a commercial dispute before the relevant court.

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Procedures (number)
East Asia & Pacific..55148.737
Europe & Central Asia..44125.337
Latin America & Caribbean..73431.040
Middle East & North Africa..65824.644
OECD high income..52921.031
South Asia..1,07527.743
Sub-Saharan Africa..65251.139
Afghanistan1681,64225.047
Albania12452535.739
Algeria12963021.945
Angola1871,29644.446
Antigua and Barbuda6535122.744
Argentina5759020.536
Armenia11257019.049
Australia1439521.828
Austria639718.025
Azerbaijan2823718.540
Bahamas, The12542728.949
Bahrain12263514.748
Bangladesh1851,44266.841
Barbados1101,34019.738
Belarus1327523.429
Belgium1650517.726
Belize17389227.551
Benin18179564.742
Bhutan372250.147
Bolivia13159133.240
Bosnia and Herzegovina11559534.037
Botswana8662539.828
Brazil12173116.544
Brunei Darussalam16154036.647
Bulgaria7956423.838
Burkina Faso10844681.737
Burundi17783238.644
Cabo Verde3542519.837
Cambodia162483103.444
Cameroon17580046.642
Canada5857022.336
Central African Republic18066082.043
Chad17174345.741
Chile6448028.636
China
1940611.137
Colombia1551,28847.934
Comoros15950689.443
Congo, Dem. Rep.177610147.643
Congo, Rep.16456053.244
Costa Rica13085224.340
Côte d'Ivoire8858541.732
Croatia4957213.838
Cyprus11073516.443
Czech Republic7561133.027
Denmark3241023.335
Djibouti1631,22534.040
Dominica17268136.046
Dominican Republic8146040.934
Ecuador9958827.239
Egypt, Arab Rep.
1561,01026.242
El Salvador6878619.234
Equatorial Guinea5047518.540
Eritrea6749022.639
Estonia2642521.935
Ethiopia4453015.238
Fiji6339738.934
Finland837513.333
France739517.429
Gabon1571,07034.338
Gambia, The6040737.933
Georgia3328529.933
Germany539414.430
Ghana4349523.036
Greece981,30014.439
Grenada16668832.646
Guatemala971,40226.531
Guinea13427645.049
Guinea-Bissau1481,71525.040
Guyana7358125.236
Haiti9653042.635
Honduras18292035.247
Hong Kong SAR, China936021.227
Hungary1539515.035
Iceland34179.027
India
1861,42039.646
Indonesia147498139.440
Iran, Islamic Rep.5150517.040
Iraq14252028.151
Ireland6265026.921
Israel9389025.335
Italy
1031,18523.137
Jamaica13165545.635
Japan3636032.231
Jordan13368931.238
Kazakhstan2737022.037
Kenya
15146547.244
Kiribati7466025.832
Korea, Rep.223010.333
Kosovo13842033.053
Kuwait11956618.850
Kyrgyz Republic7026037.038
Lao PDR10444331.642
Latvia2146923.127
Lebanon12672130.837
Lesotho14461531.341
Liberia1651,28035.040
Libya15069027.043
Lithuania1730023.632
Luxembourg13219.726
Macedonia, FYR9560428.837
Madagascar16087142.438
Malawi14543294.142
Malaysia3042527.529
Maldives9066516.541
Mali14062052.036
Malta12250535.940
Marshall Islands6147627.436
Mauritania7537023.246
Mauritius5452925.035
Mexico
7140031.038
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.15288566.034
Moldova2333728.631
Mongolia3031430.632
Montenegro13654525.749
Morocco
8351025.240
Mozambique145950119.030
Myanmar1881,16051.545
Namibia6946035.833
Nepal13991026.839
Netherlands2951423.926
New Zealand1821627.230
Nicaragua4740926.837
Niger14354559.639
Nigeria
13644792.040
Norway42809.934
Oman10759813.551
Pakistan
15897623.846
Palau14181035.337
Panama12768650.032
Papua New Guinea168591110.342
Paraguay10259130.038
Peru10542635.741
Philippines11484226.037
Poland5568519.033
Portugal2454713.034
Puerto Rico (U.S.)10162025.639
Qatar9357021.643
Romania5351228.932
Russian Federation1027013.436
Rwanda4023078.723
Samoa7745519.744
San Marino3457513.934
São Tomé and Príncipe1831,06550.543
Saudi Arabia12763527.540
Senegal16777036.443
Serbia11663534.036
Seychelles8291515.437
Sierra Leone149515149.539
Singapore1215025.821
Slovak Republic6554530.032
Slovenia521,27012.732
Solomon Islands10945578.937
South Africa8060033.229
South Sudan8722830.048
Spain5951018.540
Sri Lanka1351,31822.840
St. Kitts and Nevis11257820.546
St. Lucia17063537.346
St. Vincent and the Grenadines9039430.344
Sudan15481019.853
Suriname1841,71537.144
Swaziland17695656.140
Sweden2531431.230
Switzerland2039024.032
Syrian Arab Republic17987229.355
Taiwan, China8451017.745
Tajikistan3943025.535
Tanzania4251514.338
Thailand2244015.036
Timor-Leste1891,285163.251
Togo15358847.540
Tonga4835030.537
Trinidad and Tobago1741,34033.542
Tunisia7856521.839
Turkey3842024.936
Uganda11749044.938
Ukraine4537843.830
United Arab Emirates10052419.549
United Kingdom5643739.928
United States1137018.432
Uruguay10572519.041
Uzbekistan4019522.241
Vanuatu7243056.030
Venezuela, RB9261043.730
Vietnam4640029.036
West Bank and Gaza8854021.244
Yemen, Rep.8564526.536
Zambia12061138.735
Zimbabwe118410113.138

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