March 25, 2020 / 9:21 PM / 3 days ago

U.S. should refrain from export controls in pandemic response -Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged the United States to refrain from adopting export controls or other measures that could impede the movement of medicines and other essential goods needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chamber said it welcomed commitments by Australia, Canada and other countries to keep supply chains open and avoid export controls, and urged Washington to follow suit.

“To date, the U.S. has laudably refrained from imposing export controls on these goods, and we urge the United States to continue to avoid such measures, which would immediately undermine U.S.-based production of medical supplies,” said Chamber Executive Vice President Myron Brilliant in a statement.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal Editing by Chris Reese

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