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Global trade takes pandemic hit

  • April 14 2020
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Global trade takes pandemic hit

By Cameron Micallef
April 14 2020

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has seen global trade fall by more than 4 per cent this quarter and is set to extend that loss as the coronavirus ravages supply chains.

Global trade takes pandemic hit

Global trade takes pandemic hit

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  • April 14 2020
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The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has seen global trade fall by more than 4 per cent this quarter and is set to extend that loss as the coronavirus ravages supply chains.

Global trade takes pandemic hit

According to Baker McKenzie’s global chair of international commercial and trade, Mattias Hedwall, businesses with no backup plan have been hit hardest by the disruption to global supply chains, unable to quickly switch out suppliers and source goods.

“It is clear that the extended shutdown of parts of the world’s economy is now feeding through to impact supply chains as existing stocks are depleted,” Mr Hedwall said.

“Businesses need to focus on how to minimise supply chain disruption and to adjust rapidly to a changing landscape,” he continued.

Global trade was already looking shaky prior to the coronavirus outbreak as the trend towards de-globalisation and rising protectionism hit shipping. But the coronavirus is exposing a global reliance on Chinese manufacturing that is now being felt acutely in developed economies. 

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Baker McKenzie also noted that companies that had diversified their supply chains were able to quickly move sourcing out of China in January and early February but have returned there in recent weeks, highlighting the need for stronger risk management in supply chain management. 

Baker McKenzie anticipates more companies will digitalise their supply chain to achieve business resilience against another disruption, leveraging big data analytics and cloud computing to facilitate manager and supplier relationships. 

“Companies with well-considered supply chain risk management processes will be better placed to identify the impact of disruptive events on their supply chain and product offering, providing them with an opportunity to assess how to best respond in tough circumstances,” said Anne Petterd, technology communications and commercial partner at Baker McKenzie.

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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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