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International freight transport has been among the first and the hardest hit sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The sector will also necessarily have to lead the way in post-Covid-19 recovery, given its bearing as the lifeline of global supply chains. Millions of lives and livelihoods critically depend on how freight transport lines bounce back to sustain supply of food and medicines, and to protect trade interests. Exposure to the challenges posed by the pandemic has heightened certain longstanding systemic issues faced by South Asia’s freight transport sector. This policy brief takes stock of such issues, as observed so far, and suggests certain policy measures for helping the sector in reemerging from the crisis as more resilient and sustainable.

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