Transport and trade connectivity in the age of pandemic - UN solutions for contactless, seamless and collaborative transport and trade

Freight transport operations poses the risks during the pandemics, especially if it is not fully computerized. The first part of the technical note focuses on the international road transport of countries along the Asian Highway network in face of COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the newly operational challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on the global transport industry and the emerging trends in international road transport such as digitalization of cross border transport operations and greater use of technologies. The second part of the technical note describes a series of technologies and ICT solutions which can help ensure seamless and continuous international cross-borders road transport connectivity and minimize adverse impact during future crisis and is aftermath. Examples of their practical application in the region and beyond are included, where available.