The Australian Federal Government, State Governments and Territories have taken a united stance and agreed that all freight and logistics services (domestically and internationally) be designated as essential services and thereby supported and protected so that they remain open during the current lockdown in Australia. Many other nations have also committed to maintaining open supply chains despite COVID-19 issues including the Philippines.

The Philippine government is fast tracking the release of cargoes to prevent port congestion and supply chain disruptions arising from restrictions imposed under the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon The inter-agency administrative order applies to chilled or frozen meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, pharmaceuticals, and dry goods like heavy equipment.

Priority will be given to the processing of arriving cargoes particularly food, medicine, medical and basic necessities and the adopting of ‘green lane’ process flow for importers/consignees identified with the DTI Bureau of Import Services.

Source: Export Council of Australia (ECA); Philippine Dept of Trade & Industry (DTI) Export Marketing Bureau

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