The changing global framework for trade: Impact on global supply chains
Supply chains operate in an environment shaped by trade issues (such as sanctions, export controls, and tariffs), where national security is an increasingly important consideration. International sanctions regimes are complex and often respond to volatile political landscapes. Businesses will need to navigate the often complex issues involved against a background of changing governmental trade and industrial policy.
From disrupted to tainted supply chains: Canadian legislation against modern slavery may be coming post-COVID
Bill S-211, An Act to enact the Modern Slavery Act and to amend the Customs Tariff (the Bill), was introduced in the Senate on February 5, 2020.
The impact of COVID-19 on Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure and construction projects
Infrastructure and construction projects, some of which are part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have, as one would expect, been largely halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions to supply chains around the world, lockdowns and travel restrictions on foreign workers, especially Chinese workers who are commonly employed on BRI projects, are some of the main reasons for the project suspensions and slowdowns.
COVID-19 Supply Council to advise Canadian government on
pandemic-related critical supply chains
On May 3, 2020, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the COVID-19 Supply Council, which brings together a diverse group of business leaders to advise the government on critical goods and services procurement for Canada’s COVID-19 response and recovery.
Certain considerations in supply agreements and re-tooling efforts in the pandemic context
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create significant uncertainty, certain manufacturers have re-tooled their existing manufacturing operations to assist the health care sector.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency efforts to streamline food supply chain
As Canadians continue to self-isolate and eat more meals at home, demands on Canada’s grocery stores and food manufacturers have dramatically increased.
Managing energy disputes in unprecedented times
Economic uncertainty, disruptions to supply chains and to ongoing projects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are all envisaged to last for a significant period of time.