2020 was, to say the least, an unusually active year on the trade front. While 2021 may not be as spectacularly eventful, we nonetheless anticipate several significant developments in international trade, and specifically trade related to Canada, over the coming year. COVID-19 will continue to affect global trade flows and economic growth throughout 2021. The pandemic has highlighted the significance of e-commerce and the importance of new digital trade chapters included in mega-regional trade agreements (like the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) as well as standalone e-commerce agreements. We also anticipate further East-West decoupling to impact trade through measures focused on separate supply chains for strategic technology and defence goods, as well as ESG-related supply chain legislation, such as legislation governing modern slavery and human trafficking.
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