Ho Chi Minh City will focus on major transport projects that help ease traffic gridlock and scrap less urgent ones since resources are limited.
The logistics industry in Vietnam, especially HCM City, continues to face challenges like red tape and traffic congestion near border gates despite progress made in facilitating trade, Dinh Ngoc Thang, head of the city Department of Customs, told a recent conference.
Competition between seaports is set to increase in 2020 when more ports open.
Export and import activities have been busy since the start of the Lunar New Year (January 25), with some product groups reaching an export value of over 1 billion USD each.
Ho Chi Minh City should draft a master plan to develop its logistics sector, said Pham Thanh Kien, Director of the municipal Department of Trade and Industry.
The Customs Bureau of Ho Chi Minh City has proposed that city authorities collect infrastructure fees at seaports to increase revenue for the city.
Developing Ho Chi Minh City into a supplier of high-quality human and technological resources for the logistics industry was the subject of a recent conference held in the city by the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade in coordination with the Vietnam Logistics Research and Development Institute.
Ho Chi Minh City is making efforts to improve its logistic services to create a driving force for its economy as well as that of the southern key economic region.
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The Ministry of Transport has announced plans to limit the cargo handled at HCM City’s Cat Lai Port since volumes are exceeding its handling capacity, exerting pressure on the city’s transport infrastructure.
Illegal scrap importers will face prosecution as part of the efforts to prevent massive scrap imports to Vietnam, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a meeting on July 25.
Following China’s ban on import of plastic wastes, a lot of them are coming instead to Vietnam, but with consignees failing to claim shipments, the wastes are piling up at ports including those in Ho Chi Minh City.
Evidence of smuggling has been uncovered at two major ports in Ho Chi Minh City, with prohibited goods found in several containers left unclaimed during the past month.
Thousands of containers were left at Cat Lai Port in Ho Chi Minh City over the last few months because owners haven’t visited the customs department to complete the necessary procedures, causing both port companies and customs agencies a headache.
Authorities in HCM City and neighbouring provinces should focus on preparations for traffic safety during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho has said.
People living in HCM City are suffering from photochemical smog, a kind of air pollution that’s harmful to human health.
The HCM City Department of Transport said it would ensure the orderly flow of traffic during the Calendar New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays by strictly enforcing traffic regulations and inspecting interprovincial bus stations for illegal buses.
As many as 3,000 Vietnamese logistics firms have to compete fiercely with 29 multinational companies to have the right to carry Vietnamese exports to the world market.
By developing transport infrastructure projects under the mode of BT (build, transfer), investors are willing to pour capital into projects if there are reasonable policies.