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01 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 10:29 GMT+2

March 18, 2020

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The Association of European Ports urges the EU and the members to prioritise the transport of goods

O'Reilly: These are extraordinary and difficult times and it is vital that essential goods and materials can be exchanged Uninterrupted

At this stage of the emergency for the spread of coronavirus European ports are asking the EU EU member states to prioritise maintenance of freight transport activities. If you want to part of it - highlighted today by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) - it is inevitable that the movement of people controlled and limited, it is equally essential that goods can continue to flow to the maximum extent possible. The Association of European Ports also pointed out that in Port stopovers, such as the main components of the port supply chain of essential goods and materials for citizens, they are doing all they can to ensure and ensure the continuity of their activities in the coming weeks by safeguarding their staff and trying to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

To the Commission and the EU states, the ESPO calls for take all necessary measures to maintain trade trade, in order to ensure that vital goods and materials can be delivered to citizens across the EU, and to make sure that closing boundaries doesn't interrupt the flow goods.

"These," noted the President of the ESPO, Eamonn O'Reilly -- these are extraordinary and difficult times for everyone and it's vital that supply chains that allow goods and essential materials to move to Europe continue to run without interruption as much as possible. European ports are committed to continuing to support the flow of goods together with all the other supply chain operators shipping, distribution and shipping transport.'

"90% of trade with third countries and more than a third of intra-community exchanges -- recalled Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary-General of the Association of European Ports - through European ports. In the event of an emergency, the ports essential role in providing citizens, health services and health care companies the products and materials they need. Ports Europeans take this responsibility very seriously Public. They rely on the European Union and Member States to support to play this role.'

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