Northern Province offers exporters to suspend transportation of goods to Chinese border

By Anh Minh January 4, 2022 | 11:17 p.m. PT

Container trucks carrying goods are stuck in the northern province of Lang Son in December 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Lang Son authorities have offered exporters across the country to stop transporting goods to its border with China until the Lunar New Year festival in early February.

The proposal was sent to cities and provinces on Dec. 4 as some 2,460 container trucks, 60 percent of them carrying fresh fruits, remain stuck at Lang Son border crossings, according to the provincial Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Some border gates, including Tan Thanh and Coc Nam, still offer temporary customs clearance, allowing only a few containers into China each day. Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, China has recently tightened controls on imported goods and their transportation, leading to congestion of Vietnamese container trucks at border gates over the past month.

Vietnamese exporters have been encouraged to ensure goods and their packages are Covid-free and to increase their quality.

Late last week, the Vietnamese government assigned nine ministries and sectors to jointly manage cargo congestion in Lang Son and other northern border provinces. Lang Son will continue to work with Guangxi, China to expedite customs clearance for perishable agricultural products.

Vietnam’s agricultural exports to China have been blocked numerous times this year due to Covid-related restrictions.

China is one of Vietnam’s main trading partners. The import-export turnover of agro-forestry-fishing products between the two countries had increased sharply, rising from 8 billion dollars in 2015 to 11 billion dollars last year.

China was Vietnam’s second largest export market for agricultural, forestry and fishery products behind the United States, posting an export turnover of $8.4 billion in the first 11 months. of the year, accounting for 19.2% of Vietnam’s total agricultural exports.

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