Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore pledge to maintain open and connected supply chains
In a joint ministerial statement by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore, the seven Pacific rim nations pledge to maintain open and connected supply chains as part of their collective response to combat COVID-19.
They agreed to work closely to identify and address trade disruptions with ramifications on the flow of necessities.
“We recognise that it is in our mutual interest to ensure that trade lines remain open, including via air and sea freight, to facilitate the flow of goods including essential supplies,” said the statement.
“We affirm the importance of refraining from the imposition of export controls or tariffs and non-tariff barriers and of removing any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, at this time.”
“We are committed to working with all like-minded countries to ensure that trade continues to flow unimpeded, and that critical infrastructure such as our air and seaports remain open to support the viability and integrity of supply chains globally.”