|作者：||Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland|
COVID-19: MEASURES RELATED TO TRADE IN GOODS
The following communication, dated 19 November 2020, is being circulated at the request of the delegations of Canada; Colombia; Costa Rica; Hong Kong, China; New Zealand; Norway; Singapore; and Switzerland.
Despite global efforts over the past months in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, it is quite clear that we all have to live under the ongoing threat and impact of COVID-19 in the near future. An effective adjustment to the new normal and a solid foundation for recovery will be needed. Through safeguarding the rules-based multilateral trading system, regular bodies in the WTO play an essential role in international cooperation to fight the pandemic.
Much work has been done to enhance the transparency of trade-related measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 crisis over the past several months, including with respect to trade in goods. This includes the compilation or tracking of trade-related measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 crisis on the WTO website and the trade policy monitoring reports, as well as discussion by various committees. In some WTO committees, Members have benefited from other Members' sharing of experience in responding to the global pandemic. Notified measures have also been reviewed by relevant WTO committees as part of their regular work.
In line with its mandate, the CTG should be a platform for Members to discuss trade‑related measures taken in the context of the COVID-19 crisis in a systematic manner. Without duplicating the efforts of other WTO bodies, and without adding any new notification obligation to Members, the November 2020 CTG meeting could reflect on the significant information already on hand, identify trends and to build on the ongoing work of subsidiary bodies. This would facilitate a coherent and concerted approach in alleviating the impact of the pandemic on the international trade in goods.