UNECE launches Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19

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Published: 24 March 2020

To facilitate the work of transport operators and preserve connectivity by keeping supply chains working as smoothly as possible, UNECE is launching an “Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19” which gathers all updated information regarding border crossing limitations worldwide.

This online observatory will provide available information on the situation, updated directly by countries – national customs’ focal point and national members of the International Road Transport Union (IRU); the transport sector; and the European Commission.

In addition, UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova stated: “UNECE hosts all the United Nations international conventions governing inland transport, which are key to ensure and maintain efficient border crossing and transit procedures. I urge all countries to facilitate the flow of goods, in particular essential products, to the maximum extent possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make full use of existing international cooperation mechanisms to adopt, wherever possible, coordinated measures.”

Source: https://www.unece.org/info/media/presscurrent-press-h/transport/2020/unece-launches-observatory-on-border-crossings-status-due-to-covid-19-and-calls-on-all-countries-to-facilitate-flow-of-goods-to-maximum-extent-possible/doc.html

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