The National Cabinet proposed a ‘3 step plan’ to easing the restrictions within Australia which we can see have already started happening. Some states have already started with step one, which according to the Department of Health is “The important first small steps – connect with friends and family – allowing groups of people to be together in homes and in the community. Businesses reopen, and more people return to work”. These steps show we are slowly beginning to recover from the pandemic. The continual ‘flattening of the curve’ has helped Australia to move toward this recovery process which is great news for the logistics industry. Restaurants and bars have started to reopen with limits on the number of people inside. Trains and buses have seen an increase in the number of people and have also put limits on the numbers. The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has also announced today that schools will reopen full time from May 25th. These movements are positive for the economy and are welcomed by business owners.
One downfall of recent updates was the significant tariff China placed on Australian barley exports. Currently at least 50% of Australia’s barley is exported to China. Tensions began when Prime Minister Scott Morrison was at the forefront of prompting an investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 virus. The Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he was “deeply, deeply disappointed” by China’s decision and “Australia does not believe that the decision China’s made is justified or defensible in accordance with anti-dumping practices. Regardless of whether or not we pursue a WTO process, we will continue to lobby Beijing”.
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