Minister of Commerce urges to manage freight congestion by all means | Business

Nearly 6,000 vehicles were awaiting customs clearance in Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces on December 24-25. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien insisted on the need to ensure by all means the clearance of agricultural products stranded in the north border gates.

It is a question of concretizing the high-level agreements concluded between Vietnam and China, respect the rights and interests of both sides and avoid public concern, especially in the run-up to the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival, the minister said in an online meeting on May 18. January.

According to Phan Van Chinh, head of the Foreign Trade Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), cargo trucks have been stuck at border gates in Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces in recent years. days as China intensified COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

Notably, nearly 6,000 vehicles were awaiting customs clearance in the two provinces on December 24 and 25. Meanwhile, thousands more had been stranded on the Chinese side.

The ministry said that as of the morning of Jan. 17, a total of 12 northern border gates had been reopened and there were only 2,643 trucks stuck in Lang Son and Quang Ninh.

Leaders of Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces said they have held regular working sessions with the Chinese side at different levels to push customs clearance forward.

The MoIT decided to set up a steering committee to manage the freight congestion, led by Minister Dien.

The council directs relevant agencies to take measures and solutions to remove bottlenecks in customs clearance at the northern border gates, provides updates on the situation of localities and coordinates with ministries, agencies and localities concerned to regulate the transport of goods to the border gates.

The MoIT has also set up a task force which advises the council in this regard and advises production facilities and companies to comply with pandemic prevention and control regulations./.

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