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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
Maintaining the flow of essential goods during the COVID-19 crisis

Defining freight forwarding as an ‘essential service’, as they facilitate the movement of essential cargo during COVID-19.

Report

tang@fiata.com

FIATA welcomes FMC’s final interpretative rule on demurrage and detention charges

FIATA welcomes the US FMC new guidance on its approach to assessing the reasonableness of detention and demurrage regulations and practices of ocean carriers and marine operators

Article/Press Release

tang@fiata.com

Guidance on the addition of COVID-19 specific clauses in bills of lading

Factors to keep in mind when considering the inclusion of a specific COVID-19 addendum to protect freight forwarders.

Report

tang@fiata.com

Left with abandoned goods: What’s next?

Guidance for freight forwarders on how to deal with abandoned goods during COVID-19 and how to mitigate losses.

Report

tang@fiata.com

The challenge of handling airfreight capacities in COVID-19 and beyond Addressing capacity depletion, trade imbalance, and other airfreight challenges during COVID-19
Report

tang@fiata.com

Container imbalances and COVID-19: Freight forwarders’ role in finding solutions to the problems of today

Identifying opportunities and value-added services of the freight forwarding industry, despite the challenges encountered with container imbalences during COVID-19.

Report

tang@fiata.com

Invoking force majeure in the COVID-19 crisis: Some practical tips

Principles for freight forwarders to apply a force majeure clause, eligibility, and considerations during COVID-19.

Report

tang@fiata.com

FIATA invites shipping lines to adapt their practice on demurrage and detention charges during the COVID-19 crisis

FIATA calls upon shipping lines and terminals to exercise restraint in their demurrage and detention charges and practices, taking into consideration COVID-19.

Article/Press Release

tang@fiata.com

TFA Database Covid-19 measures

Covid-19 measures notified under the TFA

Instruments and tools

tfad@wto.org

Kenya
Case Studies

COVID-19response@wcoomd.org

Botswana
Case Studies

COVID-19response@wcoomd.org

How to establish and utilize essential goods lists during a disaster
Article/Press Release

COVID-19response@wcoomd.org

Ghana
Case Studies

COVID-19response@wcoomd.org

Guinea-Bissau
Case Studies

COVID-19response@wcoomd.org

Guinea
Case Studies

COVID-19response@wcoomd.org

Invoking force majeure in the COVID-19 crisis: Some practical tips

Principles for freight forwarders to apply a force majeure clause, eligibility, and considerations during COVID-19.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)

tang@fiata.com

Container imbalances and COVID-19: Freight forwarders’ role in finding solutions to the problems of today

Identifying opportunities and value-added services of the freight forwarding industry, despite the challenges encountered with container imbalences during COVID-19.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)

tang@fiata.com

Guidance on the addition of COVID-19 specific clauses in bills of lading

Factors to keep in mind when considering the inclusion of a specific COVID-19 addendum to protect freight forwarders.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
FIATA welcomes FMC’s final interpretative rule on demurrage and detention charges

FIATA welcomes the US FMC new guidance on its approach to assessing the reasonableness of detention and demurrage regulations and practices of ocean carriers and marine operators

Area of work / Topic
Article/Press Release
Focal Point (Contact details)
Left with abandoned goods: What’s next?

Guidance for freight forwarders on how to deal with abandoned goods during COVID-19 and how to mitigate losses.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)

tang@fiata.com

Maintaining the flow of essential goods during the COVID-19 crisis

Defining freight forwarding as an ‘essential service’, as they facilitate the movement of essential cargo during COVID-19.

Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Report
Focal Point (Contact details)
FIATA invites shipping lines to adapt their practice on demurrage and detention charges during the COVID-19 crisis

FIATA calls upon shipping lines and terminals to exercise restraint in their demurrage and detention charges and practices, taking into consideration COVID-19.

Area of work / Topic
Article/Press Release
Focal Point (Contact details)
TFA Database Covid-19 measures

Covid-19 measures notified under the TFA

Area of work / Topic
Instruments and tools
Focal Point (Contact details)

tfad@wto.org

Area of work / Topic
Case Studies
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Case Studies
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Instruments and tools
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Instruments and tools
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Article/Press Release
Focal Point (Contact details)
Area of work / Topic
Article/Press Release
Focal Point (Contact details)

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