Perhaps unsurprisingly, given its leadership in the Gulf ports sector, the UAE is the highest ranked country in the region, at 20 of the 150.

Syria and Algeria were the region’s worst performers, finishing 135th and 140th respectively.

The report assigns scores to each country based on their performance in seven fields: customs, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics competence, tracking and tracing of goods, domestic logistics costs and timeliness. An average across the sectors is taken to produce an overall score.

The UAE scored 3.73, with Singapore top of the list with 4.19, while Syria scored 2.09 and Algeria 2.06. Afghanistan was bottom of the list with 1.21.