Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The worldwide coronavirus outbreak will represent a before and after for all humanity.

Beyond the changes in terms of health, social, psychological and economic, it also implies a commercial evolution.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture have warned of the need to promote international trade. Furthermore, they pointed out that the main change would be that international trade would be based on criteria of health credibility and not on free trade agreements.

Some parameters would be:

· Categories of countries with sanitary credibility, in other words, those not seriously affected by the virus.

· More sanitary import requirements, mainly for products of animal origin.

· Control procedures for merchandise on ships and international transport, as well as detailed attention to the crew and carriers.

· Accurate traceability, from the origin of the products to the consumers’ table.

· Detection of food with high risk of massive contagion, to determine consumption trends.

· The implementation of audits from purchasing countries.

The scenario is uncertain, but it represents an opportunity to innovate, to prepare for these changes, and become a reliable supplier.

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