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ECLAC Analyzes the Effects of the Coronavirus on International Trade and Logistics in Latin America and the Caribbean

The organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, will present on Thursday, August 6 a new Special Report COVID-19 that will include estimates regarding the pandemic’s impact on exports, imports and transportation in the region.

4 August 2020|Announcement

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present on Thursday, August 6 its Special Report COVID-19 No. 6 on monitoring the economic and social effects of the coronavirus in the region, in which it will provide estimates regarding the pandemic’s impact on exports, imports, transportation and logistics in the region’s countries.

The new document, entitled The effects of COVID-19 on international trade and logistics, will also include forecasts regarding the most affected export sectors, the level of intraregional trade, port activity, air traffic and land transportation, along with recommendations for deepening regional integration, in line with the analyses and estimates presented in the United Nations regional commission’s five previous special reports on COVID-19, which have been released periodically since April.

The latest report will be unveiled during a virtual press conference held by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, speaking from Santiago, Chile at 11:00 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT -4:00).

It will be transmitted live via Webex at the following link:

Journalists interested in participating must register in advance. They will receive an automated email reply with instructions for connecting to the event.

The press conference will also be transmitted online via the institution’s website and its social media accounts on Twitter (@cepal_onu) and Facebook ( Journalists will be able to submit their questions ahead of time to the email address, and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary will respond to them once she has finished presenting the document. Questions will only be taken until 11:30 a.m. local time.

According to the report, the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the measures adopted by governments have had grave consequences in the world’s main economies, prompting a significant drop in global trade. In the current context of economic and trade crisis, Latin America and the Caribbean is the most affected developing region. Figures showing the magnitude of these impacts on exports, imports and logistics in the region will be unveiled by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, during the report’s launch.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the virtual press conference. Journalists must connect via the Webex system (prior registration is required) as of 11:00 a.m. local time (UTC/GMT -4:00). Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the Webex platform’s chat while the event is taking place. They can also send their queries to the email address Questions will only be taken until 11:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, August 6.

The presentation will also be transmitted on ECLAC’s website and at

The full electronic version of this new document by ECLAC, along with a press release and the presentation by Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, will be available on ECLAC’s website and on the webpage of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday, August 6, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of ECLAC’s Special Report COVID-19 No. 6: The effects of COVID-19 on international trade and logistics.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -04:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Webex platform (prior registration required).  

Event number: 160 901 6335

Event password: CepalN6

Also via ECLAC’s website and at

For queries and to arrange interviews, contact ECLAC’s Public Information Unit.

Email:; Telephone: (56) 22210 2040.