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Joint call for G20 to support maritime sector and global supply chains

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have joined forces to call on G20 leaders to act quickly to protect global supply chains from the impact of coronavirus.
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In an open letter the two organisations representing the global shipping industry and the worlds ports and harbours set out that: “In this time of global crisis, it is more important than ever to keep supply chains open and maritime trade and transport moving.

Topics: G20 maritime

Leadership from the G20 in calling for a co-ordinated approach by governments, working in conjunction with the UN International Maritime Organization, WHO, and other relevant agencies is therefore of the utmost importance.”

The letter also highlighted that around: “90% of global trade is transported by commercial shipping, which moves the world’s food, energy and raw materials, as well as manufactured goods and components – including vital medical supplies and many products sold in supermarkets, items that are necessary (due to complex supply chains) for the preservation of many jobs in manufacturing – without which modern society simply cannot function.”

The joint letter has been sent to G20 government leaders and UN bodies ahead of their extraordinary G20 summit to be held in the coming days.


 

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