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28 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 02:52 GMT+1

March 24, 2020

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ICS and IAPH are calling on governments to do everything they can to keep efficiency and security of the global supply chain

Platten: without the safe and efficient transport of food, medical, raw materials and fuel supplies to nations may find themselves in an even more difficult situation than the one we're all facing

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), international owners and maritime operators more than 200 ports around the world, invited the leaders of the G20 group to take swift action to safeguard global supply chain from the impact of the spread of the virus Covid-19. "At this time of global crisis," they wrote ICS and IAPH in an open letter - it's more important that never keep supply chains open, trade maritimely and transport. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the G20 leadership requires an approach governments, working in collaboration with International Maritime Organization and the International Maritime Organization World Health and other relevant agencies."

In the letter ICS and IAPH recall that "90% of global trade is driven by shipping, which transports food, energy and raw materials around the world, as well as products and components, including vital health supplies and many products sold supermarkets, items that - because of the complexity of supply chains - are needed to safeguard many manufacturing jobs, without which the modern society simply cannot function."

"Maritime transport," commented the Secretary of State ICS General Guy Platten, explaining the reasons for sending of the letter -- it is the lifeblood of the world. Without the safe and efficient transport of food, medical supplies, commodity and fuels nations could find themselves in a situation even more difficult than what we're all Facing. We need the G20-led nations to work together to adopt coordinated limitations rather than to protect all of us from the Covid-19. For the global maritime industry we need guidelines pragmatic, harmonised and scientifically based secure delivery of goods on which all we will have to rely on in the coming months. This is a simple request, which can benefit everyone."

"While the primary objective of safeguarding public health should in no way be put at risk -- he added the director general of the IAPH, Patrick Verhoeven - ports must remain fully operational, with all their usual services in operation, ensuring complete efficiency supply chain. Governments should support transport ports and transport operators doing all the possible to allow freight to be transported to and from ports so that food, medicine and other vital supplies continue reach people all over the world."

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