Customs authorities recommend the use of rail transport for the export of agricultural products | Company
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Customs General Department called on relevant parties to stimulate the export of agricultural production by rail, especially across the northern border, in response to overcrowded land transport and soaring costs.
The Ministry of Finance said the international imposition of strict anti-COVID-19 measures since the start of 2020 has affected global supply chains, causing the sea and Land transportationtraffic jams and increased expenses.
In particular, China’s “zero COVID” policy with strict anti-pandemic measures has hampered the flow of goods, vehicles and people across the northern border. Thousands of vehicles carrying export products have encountered traffic jams in the border areas of the two countries, which has caused considerable losses to businesses.
Faced with this reality, the Government, ministries and sectors have taken various measures to facilitate trade and customs clearance, particularly for agricultural products, but the difficulties still remain to be resolved in depth.
Meanwhile, rail transport is relatively smooth, cost-effective, and the pandemic has not impacted rail as much. Therefore, many companies turn to this type of transport for their business activities, according to Vietnam Customs.
Considering the demand and proposal from the companies, the general department called for increasing the export of agricultural products by railway, which he said is also a policy and guidance of the government.
Previously, the government had instructed the Ministry of Transport to coordinate with other ministries, agencies and localities to develop plans to improve the ability of international rail freight to serve exports and imports.
Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh ordered ministries, agencies and localities to work to optimize other means of transportation such as sea and rail transport to deal with congestion at the northern borders.
Pursuant to these guidelines, the Ministry of Finance has requested increased investment in rail infrastructure to meet the demand for freight transport./.