The evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis has triggered governments from around the world to adopt nationwide border closures that have impacted ground, air, and ocean freight transport and logistics operations.
Consequently, many border regions across Europe saw rising waiting times at border checkpoints due to additional health and safety checks. While this has eased, truck driving bans remain in place in several European countries. In North America, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico proactively closed their respective borders to non-essential traffic without restricting bilateral trade and essential services. Across the Middle East, almost all countries have closed or partially closed their borders, while in the Asia-Pacific region, India, Malaysia and the Philippines implemented notably drastic measures through mass quarantine and lockdown directives to curb the spread of COVID-19.
As more countries implement lockdown measures and border controls, a slowdown of cargo movement can be expected. While restrictions on cargo movement have been largely exempted from the lockdowns, the availability of personnel that is needed to keep moving goods and the ban on specific nationalities may limit the ability of truckers to conduct cross-border movements.
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