Lockdown in the ESA Region Impacts on Trade

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The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 is changing the world at a drastic pace. Countries are closing their borders, suspending all flights and putting nations on lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading. This is having a substantial impact on how and what is being traded by the 24 countries in the World Customs Organisation East and South African Regional Group ( WCO-ESA-RPSG ) according to Executive Coordinator Jacob van Rensburg.

“As COVID-19 infections increase in Africa, these countries are closing their borders in a desperate attempt to keep people safe and healthy. Borders are mainly closed except for Malawi but the countries are open to trade.  Lesotho has closed borders but trade is not mentioned,” he says.

The latest comprehensive information regarding the spread of COVID-19 and border closures in the ESA:

Country
Infections
Deaths
Border closure
Angola
3
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Botswana
0
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Burundi
0
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Comoros
0
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Djibouti
11
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Eritrea
4
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Eswatini
4
0
Borders are open to people and goods
Ethiopia
12
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Kenya
31
0
Borders are open to people and goods with the exception of shipments from Asia travelling less than 14 days.
Lesotho
0
0
All borders are sealed
Madagascar
23
0
Seaports remain open to cargo
Malawi
0
0
Borders are open to people and goods
Mauritius
52
2
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Mozambique
5
0
Seaports remain open to cargo
Namibia
7
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Rwanda
41
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Seychelles
7
0
Borders are open to people and goods with the exception of passengers and shipments from Asia
Somalia
2
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
South Africa
709
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
South Sudan
0
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Tanzania
13
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Uganda
14
0
Borders closed to people, but trade continues
Zambia
12
0
Borders are open to people and goods
Zimbabwe
3
1
Borders closed to people, but trade continues

Media inquiries
Executive Editor – wren@wcoesarpsg.org

Trade and Customs inquiries
Executive Coordinator – jacob@wcoesarpsg.org

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