Based on the G20 Ministerial Statement, we will identify concrete actions that could help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 and work with other countries to develop these actions as follows:
Expedite customs procedures with a view to reducing processing times and related administrative burdens in accordance with national laws and regulations.
- Encourage more use of electronic means for customs processing, which minimize faceto-face interactions without lengthening processing times.
- Ensure facilitation of transport and customs clearances of essential goods, such as food, critical medical supplies and personal protection equipment.
Facilitate the timely flow of goods including essential supplies by ensuring operation of logistics networks via air, sea, and land freight.
- Work out bilateral and/or multilateral cooperative arrangements to expedite necessary approval procedures for air crew and to utilise additional aircraft for cargo operations.
- Promote transparency of import and export regulations to facilitate continued movement of goods.
Refrain from the introduction of export prohibitions or restrictions, tariffs and non-tariff barriers on essential goods, including food, pharmaceuticals, and critical medical supplies. This underscores the importance of preserving the ability of countries to import essential medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and food to meet their domestic needs.
- If such measures are instituted,
- Ensure that measures are targeted, proportionate, transparent, temporary and consistent with WTO rules.
-Provide advance notification of the measure to the WTO as soon as practicable.
- Work towards removing such measures when the situation allows for it.
Establish a consultation mechanism between the relevant authorities of the signatory countries to identify and address trade disruptions that affect the trade in essential goods.
Facilitate the resumption of essential cross-border travel, with mutual assurance of health standards, while ensuring the safeguarding of public health in line with our efforts to combat the pandemic as well as to minimize the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.
Establish guidelines to allow, on an exceptional basis, essential cross-border travel for purposes such as maintaining global supply chains, including essential business travel, in accordance with national laws and regulations, without undermining the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
Reiterate and garner strong support for the rules-based international trade system, including WTO rules, and work closely with key multilateral economic institutions.
Provide relevant information to affected countries and to the WTO in a timely manner when adopting a measure with a foreseeable impact on international trade and investment.
Develop and share best practices including those for ensuring flows of goods and services, minimizing restrictions on people movement, and aiding sectors that are adversely affected by the pandemic.
Engage actively with the private sector to design and implement measures in a business-friendly manner and to work together for creative solutions.