Transport infrastructure and services

The Transport Infrastructure and Services work programme supports developing countries in their effective integration into global and regional trade and value chains through efficient, reliable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, climate-friendly, low-carbon, and socially inclusive freight transport systems.

Priority action areas

Sustainable freight transport

Sustainable freight transport

Enable economically efficient, environmentally sound and socially inclusive freight transport and logistics

Corridor performance

Corridor performance

Promote efficient transport corridors to support market and value chain integration

Maritime transport

Maritime transport

Leverage shipping and ports to support economic growth and trade-led development


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A Guidebook for Ports

A Guidebook for Ports

The Guidebook for Ports aims at building capacity to manage risks and enhance resilience. It features risk identification, assessment, and management tools and approaches, case studies, good practices and a step-by-step resilience-building process for ports and other relevant maritime supply chain actors.

The guidance focuses on three types of resilience-building actions and measures, namely:

  • Before a disruption materializes.
  • During a disruption.
  • After a disruption.

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Port management monographs

Port Management Monographs

A series of technical studies in the form of monographs prepared in collaboration with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), presenting practical experiences gained by a specific port or professionals for the benefit of the international port community.

The Monographs are designed to help to develop the management skills needed for efficient port operation in developing countries. They supplements other research, training and technical cooperation activities carried out by UNCTAD that seek to encourage the development of competitive international maritime transport services, reinforce trade structures and promote international cooperation and exchanges of expertise.

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Sustainable freight transport and finance toolkit

Framework for Sustainable Freight Transport

Framework for Sustainable Freight Transport is a revised step-by-step methodology to plan, design, develop and implement tailored sustainable freight transport strategies. It includes:

  • A rapid assessment process to identify priorities and actions
  • Key performance indicators
  • Sustainable Freight Transport Measures catalogue
  • SFT index
  • Land Freight Emissions Model

Download: SFT Framework (2017 edition)

Transport and Finance Training Toolkit

Sustainable Freight Transport and Finance Training Toolkit includes:

  • A module on Improving the Environmental Performance of Freight Transport
  • A module on Public Private Partnership (PPP) for SFTF
  • A case study on developing Sustainable Sea Transport Solutions for Pacific Island Countries
Sustainable Freight Transport Portal

Sustainable Freight Transport Portal contains information about countries and regions that have launched SFTF initiatives.

These are classified by mode of transport, and include ports, multi-modal transport and financing.