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As governments and organizations have adopted and implemented a series of measures and actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, relevant information has become abundant and dispersed in different platforms, making it hard for policy makers and trade operators to have a thorough overview of such measures. Facilitated access to such information (which is changing rapidly and frequently) is crucial, in order to enhance awareness and understanding of all these actions which have been undertaken. Within this context, trade facilitation acquires a particular importance, and mechanisms adopted to maintain the flow of safe cross border trade have emerged as key policy tools to address the challenges brought by the current global pandemic.

The COVID19 Trade Facilitation Repository is a joint platform of actions and initiatives adopted by organizations that aims at consolidating this information on trade-facilitation measures adopted by key stakeholders, which aims at facilitating access to this information by making it user-friendly, easily accessible, searchable and unifying in one single database (avoiding multiple searches in different engines and platforms). It contains a useful listing of all such initiatives and is broken down by organization, type of measure, and subject matter.

*Disclaimer: The information contained herein will be subject to periodic review and all efforts will be taken to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date. Nevertheless, the tool is for purely informative purposes and does not intend to be comprehensive and the organizations participating in the initiative do not purport to advocate or promote any particular course of action that relates to these measures, nor shall they be held responsible for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misprints or misinterpretation of the contents hereof.

Organization Description Type of information Focal Point (Contact details) Go to Source
Social distancing guidelines issued for a safe and green recovery

To support the implementation of such measures, IRU has issued guidelines on deconfinement and social distancing for collective passenger transport.

Report

Information@iru.org

ILO backs road transport recovery plan

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s sectoral brief published this week supports IRU’s COVID-19 recovery recommendations, and acknowledges the road transport sector as a key driver of global economic recovery. 

Report

Information@iru.org

TIR: protecting supply chains in a pandemic

While the pandemic has shed light on the indispensable nature of commercial road transport operators, it has also brought into sharper focus some of the industry’s key trade facilitation tools and their contribution to global economic recovery.

Report

Information@iru.org

IRU briefs governments on COVID-19 recovery
Report

Information@iru.org

UN recognises eTIR as key to combat COVID-19 impacts
Report

Information@iru.org

IRU calls for €75 billion road transport investment under EU recovery plan
Report

information@iru.org

IRU calls on wide-ranging support for road transport industry to drive global COVID-19 recovery efforts
Report

information@iru.org

IRU dedicated webpage on COVID-19
Website

information@iru.org

UN Secretary General reminds UN member states of the fundamental role of TIR during COVID-19
Report

information@iru.org

Recommendations for border crossings during COVID-19

Joint UNECE/IRU Flyer - Recommendations for border crossings during COVID-19

Report

Information@iru.org

COVID-19 Impacts on the Road Transport Industry

The road transport industry is one of the sectors most impacted by COVID-19. This executive summary presents a snapshot of a detailed IRU intelligence report assessing the impact of the pandemic on passenger and freight transport companies, as well as restrictions and facilitation measures. It combines an in-depth survey of IRU members, as well as macroeconomic research and analysis.

Report

Information@iru.org

Recommendations for truck drivers during COVID-19

Factsheet with recommendations for truck drivers during COVID-19      

Report

Information@iru.org

Seafarer Crisis Action Team (SCAT)

Intervene in specific cases regarding crew changes, repatriation, access to medical care and/or abandonment, where resolution at the UN/diplomatic level is required

Instruments and tools

info@imo.org

Personal message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to seafarers

Message of encouragement and support to seafarers and their families in this crucial time

Article/Press Release

info@imo.org

Central repository of all information on the IMO website

Contains statements of the SG, press briefings, technical advice issued by CL (4204 and addenda), COVID-19 related notifications received from MS (including summary table), WHO advice, links to various information sources

Website

info@imo.org

Social distancing guidelines issued for a safe and green recovery

To support the implementation of such measures, IRU has issued guidelines on deconfinement and social distancing for collective passenger transport.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
ILO backs road transport recovery plan

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s sectoral brief published this week supports IRU’s COVID-19 recovery recommendations, and acknowledges the road transport sector as a key driver of global economic recovery. 

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
TIR: protecting supply chains in a pandemic

While the pandemic has shed light on the indispensable nature of commercial road transport operators, it has also brought into sharper focus some of the industry’s key trade facilitation tools and their contribution to global economic recovery.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
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Website
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Recommendations for border crossings during COVID-19

Joint UNECE/IRU Flyer - Recommendations for border crossings during COVID-19

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
COVID-19 Impacts on the Road Transport Industry

The road transport industry is one of the sectors most impacted by COVID-19. This executive summary presents a snapshot of a detailed IRU intelligence report assessing the impact of the pandemic on passenger and freight transport companies, as well as restrictions and facilitation measures. It combines an in-depth survey of IRU members, as well as macroeconomic research and analysis.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Recommendations for truck drivers during COVID-19

Factsheet with recommendations for truck drivers during COVID-19      

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Tackling COVID-19 – a voyage together

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim statement addressing the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the shipping industry and the global supply chain

Area of work / Topic
Article/Press Release
Focal Point (Contact details)
IMO Technical Guidance - CL 4204 Series

Technical advice for IMO Member States, seafarers and shipping

Area of work / Topic
Instruments and tools
Focal Point (Contact details)
Personal message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to seafarers

Message of encouragement and support to seafarers and their families in this crucial time

Area of work / Topic
Article/Press Release
Focal Point (Contact details)

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