Trade unions and employer organisations have been asked for their views on a draft Government plan setting out how and when anti-coronavirus restrictions can be relaxed so that more people can return to work.
The Government guidance for employers on the Job Retention Scheme has been updated as of 15 April 2020. Eligibility for the Scheme has changed and the key date for eligibility is now 19 March 2020 instead of 28 February 2020.
Vital routes for supplies will be protected through a coronavirus support package to keep the flow of goods and services running smoothly in and out of the UK, and around the country, throughout the pandemic.
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) have come together to highlight the importance of implementing coordinated customs measures to keep road transport supply chains open during the current global health crisis.
Under regulations laid down by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), export credit agencies (ECAs) can only provide insurance cover of up to 85% of a transaction, with banks expected to provide the remainder.
The International Trade Committee has opened its inquiry examining the impact of coronavirus on international trade with a session looking at the effect on supply chains for essential medical goods including personal protective equipment (PPE). See also MPs to examine impact of COVID-19 on international trade.