Canada’s support of G20 world trade and investment response to COVID‑19

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting on September 22, 2020. At the meeting, Minister Ng committed to making public Canada’s implementation of the G20 Action Plan on Trade and Investment. The Action Plan was forged in response to the COVID‑19 crisis and endorsed by G20 trade and investment ministers at their May 2020 meeting. The following information on Canadian COVID‑19 initiatives is in line with Canada’s commitment to transparency and accountability in implementing this action plan.

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Short‑term collective actions

1.1 Trade regulation

Section 1.1.1

G20 action item

Ensure that any emergency trade measures designed to tackle COVID‑19, including export restrictions on vital medical supplies and equipment and other essential goods and services, if deemed necessary, are:

Canada’s response

Section 1.1.2

G20 action item

Refrain from introducing export restrictions on agricultural products, including on products purchased for non‑commercial humanitarian purposes; avoid unnecessary food stockpiling, without prejudice to domestic food security, consistent with national requirements.

Canada’s response

Section 1.1.3

G20 action item

Consider exempting humanitarian aid related to COVID‑19 from any export restrictions on exports of essential medical supplies, medical equipment and personal protective equipment, consistent with national requirements.

Canada’s response

1.2 Trade facilitation

Section 1.2.1

G20 action item

Accelerate the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, to the extent possible, particularly the provisions which are especially critical during the pandemic, such as Article 7.1 (Pre‑arrival Processing), Article 7.3 (Separation of Release from Final Determination of Customs Duties, Taxes, Fees and Charges), and Article 7.8 (Expedited Shipments).

Canada’s response

Section 1.2.2

G20 action item

Speed up and streamline customs procedures, in line with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, and encourage the use of electronic documentation and processes—including the use of smart applications–where possible and practical.

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Section 1.2.3

G20 action item

Reduce sanitary and technical barriers to trade by encouraging greater use of relevant existing international standards and ensuring access of information on relevant standards is not a barrier to enabling production of PPE and medical supplies.

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Section 1.2.4

G20 action item

Share necessary information within the G20 regarding medical suppliers, as appropriate and according with applicable national legislation, so as to facilitate trade deals.

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Section 1.2.5

G20 action item

Encourage G20 ministers of economy and ministers of industry to expand production capacity for medical devices and components and personal protective equipment, consistent with public health guidance.

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Section 1.2.6

G20 action item

Encourage G20 ministers of digital services to promote the application of online services and e‑commerce, in accordance with national laws and regulations, to facilitate the flow of essential goods and services during the pandemic.

Canada’s response

Section 1.2.7

G20 action item

Encourage our governments to facilitate the resumption of essential cross‑border travel in accordance with national laws and regulations, while safeguarding public health, in line with our efforts to combat the pandemic as well as to minimize the socio‑economic impacts of COVID‑19.

Canada’s response

Section 1.2.8

G20 action item

Support the efforts of international organizations (WTO, OECD, FAO, WFP, etc.) to analyze the impacts of COVID‑19 on global agricultural supplies, distribution chains and agri‑food production and trade.

Canada’s response

1.3 Transparency

Section 1.3.1

G20 action item

Share experiences and best practices on measures that countries have put in place at their borders, with points of contact to be identified for each of our governments, within a reasonable timeline.

Canada’s response

Global Affairs Canada: Canada’s Notification authority and enquiry point
Technical Barriers and Regulations Division
111 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G2
enquirypoint@international.gc.ca
343‑203‑4273
613‑943‑0346

Section 1.3.2

G20 action item

Provide notification of trade‑related measures, including customs and other border operations, introduced in response to COVID‑19, in accordance with our WTO obligations.

Canada’s response

1.4 Operation of logistics networks

Section 1.4.1

G20 action item

Encourage G20 transport ministers to enhance air, land and marine connectivity and work with the private sector to prioritize the movement of essential goods by facilitating access to freight so as to achieve critical mass to maintain connectivity and safeguard jobs.

Canada’s response

Transportation and supply chain services are considered as “essential travel” when restrictions on non-essential travel are implemented at the Canada‑U.S. border.

Air transportation

Marine transportation

Road transportation

Other measures

Section 1.4.2

G20 action item

Encourage G20 transport ministers to facilitate the increase of air cargo capacity by temporarily converting passenger aircraft into freighters to carry goods, in accordance with applicable safety and security standards.

Canada’s response

Civil Aviation Safety Alert (CASA) No. 2020-04:

Section 1.4.3

G20 action item

Encourage G20 transport ministers to issue publicly accessible information regarding enforcement procedures for vehicles, drivers, cargo, or passengers and travelers, especially for quarantined areas, within a reasonable timeline and as far as practicable.

Canada’s response

Section 1.4.4

G20 action item

Encourage G20 transport ministers to abide by international practices and guidelines to ensure the movement of goods through maritime channels, in accordance with national laws and regulations.

Canada’s response

1.5 Support for micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs)

Section 1.5.1

G20 action item

Call for international organizations to prepare in‑depth reports, within their mandates, on the disruption of MSME global value chains caused by the pandemic.

Canada’s response

Section 1.5.2

G20 action item

Encourage enhancement of communication channels and networks for MSMEs, including through deepened collaboration with the private sector.

Canada’s response

Longer term collective actions

2.1 Supporting the multilateral trading system

Section 2.1.1

G20 action item

Promote the necessary reform of the WTO to improve its functioning, and support the role of the multilateral trading system in promoting stability and predictability of international trade flows.

Canada’s response

Section 2.1.2

G20 action item

Continue the discussion on how the G20 can support work at the WTO, including under the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the WTO.

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Section 2.1.3

G20 action item

Endeavour to strengthen transparency and notify the WTO of any trade-related measures taken, in accordance with our WTO obligations.

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Section 2.1.4

G20 action item

Work together to deliver a free, fair, inclusive, non‑discriminatory, transparent, predictable, and stable trade and investment environment and to keep our markets open.

Canada’s response

Section 2.1.5

G20 action item

Work to ensure a level playing field to foster an enabling business environment.

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Section 2.1.6

G20 action item

Reaffirm the importance of the interface between trade and digital economy, and note the ongoing discussions under the Joint Statement Initiative on Electronic Commerce and the Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions, and reaffirm the need to reinvigorate the WTO Work Programme on Electronic Commerce.

Canada’s response

Section 2.1.7

G20 action item

Explore COVID‑19-related WTO initiatives to promote open and more resilient supply chains, and expand production capacity and trade in the areas of pharmaceutical, medical and other health‑related products.

Canada’s response

2.2 Building resilient supply chains

Section 2.2.1

G20 action item

Support the development and sharing of best practices, specifically in terms of measures that could be taken during a global crisis to support expanding production and trade in essential goods and services, including digital trade/e‑commerce.

Canada’s response

Section 2.2.2

G20 action item

Strengthen cooperation between authorities responsible for the regulation of trade, including customs authorities, with regard to the issues relating to electronic document management.

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Section 2.2.3

G20 action item

Ensure the transparency and availability of trade‑related information and global market information useful to MSMEs, noting inputs from the Business 20.

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Section 2.2.4

G20 action item

Encourage connection and policies to strengthen cooperation between multinational corporations and MSMEs, noting inputs from the Business 20.

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Section 2.2.5

G20 action item

Encourage G20 governments to establish voluntary guidelines that would allow, in the event of a global health crisis, essential cross‑border travel, including essential business travel, on an exceptional basis, in accordance with national laws and regulations and without undermining efforts to safeguard public health.

Canada’s response

2.3 Strengthening international investment

Section 2.3.1

G20 action item

Recalling the voluntary G20 Guiding Principles for Global Investment Policymaking, share information on actions taken to strengthen international investment for sustainable development.

Canada’s response

Financing for Development in the Era of COVID‑19 and Beyond Initiative

Other initiatives

Section 2.3.2

G20 action item

Share best practices on promoting investments in sectors related to or impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Canada’s response

Section 2.3.3

G20 action item

Work together to identify key areas, such as critical medical supplies and equipment and sustainable agricultural production, where investment is needed.

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Section 2.3.4

G20 action item

Encourage investment in new capacity for producing medical supplies, medical equipment, and personal protective equipment.

Canada’s response

Canada’s efforts to mobilize medical supply for COVID‑19

Section 2.3.5

G20 action item

Encourage government agencies to work with companies and investors in identifying investment opportunities and activities.

Canada’s response

Canada’s efforts to mobilize medical supplies for COVID‑19

Section 2.3.6

G20 action item

Encourage consultations with the private sector on its needs as necessary, as part of policymaking on foreign direct investment.

Canada’s response

Canada’s efforts to mobilize medical supplies for COVID‑19

Section 2.3.7

G20 action item

Encourage cooperation on technical assistance and capacity building provided to developing and least-developed countries on investment promotion.

Canada’s response
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