Singapore, New Zealand pledge to keep trade in essential goods hinh anh 1Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing (Source: Strait Times)

Singapore (VNA)
– Singapore and New Zealand on April 15 jointly announced a declaration on trade of over 120 products identified as essential goods for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said the declaration aims to enable the continued production and flow of essential supplies to their intended destinations.

He added that Singapore will receive its first shipment of essential supplies from New Zealand next week under the agreement.

According to the declaration, the two countries will remove tariffs for 120 essential products, and not to impose export restrictions.

The declaration builds on an earlier joint ministerial statement on supply chain connectivity issued by Singapore and New Zealand in March.

Seven other countries, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Laos, Myanmar and Uruguay, have also pledged their commitment to the statement to ensure supply chain connectivity amid the COVID-19 pandemic./.