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Impact of COVID-19 on transport and logistics connectivity in the Caribbean

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Author: González Moncada, Verónica UN symbol.: LC/TS.2020/157 41 p. Editorial: ECLAC December 2020


Given their small size and geographic isolation, Caribbean countries are highly reliant on trade and tourism as important sources of income and employment. Lockdowns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have left islands closed, airports without flights, hotels shuttered, cruise ships docked in ports and economies in crisis.

This research provides a detailed explanation of the responses to COVID-19 in the areas of international trade and transport adopted by English-speaking countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to limit the effects of the pandemic on trade operations and supply chains in the region. It also provides a set of policy recommendations to preserve and improve trade and transport connectivity in the Caribbean basin.

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Introduction.-- I. Transport as the Caribbean’s Backbone. A. Maritime transport and port sector. B. Air transport and airport sector .-- II. Measures and restrictions. A. Cross-cutting measures. B. Measures by country .-- III. Implications for Caribbean countries. A. Maritime connectivity. B. Air connectivity. C. International Trade .-- IV. Conclusions and policy recommendations.

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