27 April 2020
In response to the pressure on international trade caused by national coronavirus control measures, UNCTAD issues a new policy brief outlining a ten-point action plan to help industries involved in the movement of goods keep free-flowing trade afloat during the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. The ten policy measures cover maritime transport, customs operations, transit, transparency and legal issues, as well as technology to enhance paperless trade processes. The policy brief calls on governments to ensure health measures are implemented in ports and border crossings in ways that minimise interference with international traffic and trade. It also emphasises the need for people involved in the movement of trucks, ships, and plans to be given the status of critical personnel.