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Following the Guidelines for Minimum Standards and Codes of Professional Conduct for Freight Forwarders, Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers and Multimodal Transport Operators published in 2011, this Guide to Key Issues in Development of Logistics Policy was initiated to offer governments and industry a review of the emerging characteristics in logistics service provision and the ways to support development of the industry.

Through an analytical mapping of logistics services, the Guide offers insight into the evolving and increasingly complex role of logistics service providers, which necessitates replacing the traditional silo approach to transport and logistics with effective coordination and cooperation of the full range of stakeholders. The comprehensive policy framework presented in this Guide for developing, reviewing and enhancing policy highlights the possibility of using national logistics strategy and national logistics council/committee as tools for greater policy coherence and focus to support the logistics industry in the provision of more comprehensive services in the Asia and Pacific region.