The rules for transporting goods internationally are covered by the United Nations Convention for the carriage of goods, known as the CMR (Convention relative au contrat de transport international de Marchandises par Route).
When the Prime Minister addressed the nation on the way out of the current lockdown, he left a lot of detail to be explained later but was clear on one aspect — the use of public transport in the near future must be severely curtailed.
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the nation on Sunday evening (see “Prime Minister sets out cautious and conditional plan”) there was some criticism that his description of the way out of lockdown lacked clarity and detail.
In its plan for gradually moving the country out of lockdown (see “Government publishes its COVID-19 recovery strategy”), the Government mentioned that it would be producing guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed to work safely during the pandemic.
The UK’s new Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), to be established under the Trade Bill currently going through Parliament, will be paying particular attention to the latest report from the European Commission.
Please note that on 12 May 2020, it was announced that the Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of October. From August, the Scheme is likely to run slightly differently to allow the sharing of wage costs between the employer and the Government where employees are brought back to work on a part-time basis.
On 20 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a package of “temporary, timely and targeted measures” to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.