We anticipate a high level of disruption to business as governments across Europe, Russia and the United Kingdom work to reduce the impact of COVID-19. This is putting pressure on some business operations in the region, and many other operations elsewhere.
Specifically for this region, there is no change to the regulatory settings for trade, and there are no additional sanitary or phytosanitary requirements required by the government on market access for primary sector products exports and imports due to novel coronavirus.
There may be trucking and logistics delays at borders relating to public health screening of drivers.
Most markets across Europe have entry and transit restrictions. In particular, the EU has introduced strict border controls. Travellers from outside are being turned away from airports and borders after the 27-country bloc imposed a 30-day ban.Information on this is available on the IATA website and New Zealand's SafeTravel website.
Most markets have also closed schools and are restricting public gatherings. Due to this, even if travel is permitted and practical, face-to-face business meetings may not be possible.