Mock Test 24 | Writing Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. 

Write about the following topic:


In a global economy, many goods, including what we use on a daily basis, are transported from other countries in a long distance.

To what extent do you think its benefits exceed its drawbacks?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



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    It is a well-established fact that the exchange of commodities between countries has been facilitated due to long-distance trips. [Crack IELTS with Rob] In my opinion, I believe that the downsides of this phenomenon would be completely eclipsed by its merits.


    Opponents contend that the transportation from distant places has some drawbacks, yet this can be minimized. Firstly, long-distance journeys consume colossal amounts of fossil fuels, especially air travel, which poses a direct threat to the ozone layer and thus contributing to global warming and climate change. [Crack IELTS with Rob] However, air freight only accounts for a minority, and most of the goods are carried by road and its pollution discharged seems insignificant compared to car use for daily commutes. Secondly, certain types of produce can perish or lose a significant portion of their nutrition during transportation. The consumers end up suffering from ill quality products or even run some health risks as some unethical manufacturers resort to chemicals or preservatives to keep their food from rotting or damage. However, strict quality controls have been applied by governments to ensure that the foodstuffs are almost safe when reaching consumers.


    I believe that the delivery of goods from distant places has a wide range of benefits. To begin with, it has long been recognised that transportation of food is the facilitator of exchanging products between areas in a nation or between countries worldwide. [Crack IELTS with Rob] This is not merely to increase export turnover of areas but also to meet the food demand in many regions. A typical example is basa fish which are fed in Mekong Delta. Annually, millions of tons of basa fish are exported to Western countries. Thanks to this, citizens in these countries have opportunities to enjoy their dishes with a variety of foods. Secondly, it gives customers a sense of convenience and comfort. As a prime illustration, Vietnamese people just have to sit in front of their computer to make a booking for their Japanese takoyaki, which economizes on their precious time, money and efforts to cook or go to luxurious Japanese restaurants.


    In conclusion, although the long-haul travel of commodities may be costly, I think that they play a big role in bringing people convenience of understanding of other cultures.


    Collocations and Idioms:

    1. the exchange  of commodities between: buying and selling goods between [Crack IELTS with Rob]

    2. consume colossal amounts of fossil fuels: use lots of fuel

    3. air freight only accounts for a minority: goods carried by plane

    4. certain types of produce can perish: some food can be bad

    5. suffer from ill quality products: bad products

    6. keep their foods from rotting or damage: keep their food from going bad

    7. meet the food demand: provide enough food




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