Agricultural products seriously blocked at northern border crossings | Business

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held an online forum on the consumption of agricultural products of Long An province in HCMC market and export through the northern border gates on December 11 at the Center of agricultural trade promotion in Hanoi.

During the forum, Mr. Le Thanh Hoa, deputy head of the Agricultural Transformation and Market Development Authority of MARD, informed that as of December 10, around 4,000 trucks carrying agricultural products and goods had been stranded because that they could not perform customs clearance procedures. in Lang Son province when the parking lots were fully occupied.

As for Quang Ninh province, according to the Mong Cai Border Post Management Board, on December 11, 800 trucks carrying frozen seafood, such as basa fish and shrimp, and 300 containers of fruits and vegetables. were stuck there. As for fresh seafood, customs clearance remains fluid.

Mr. Le Thanh Hoa also informed that at the border posts of Huu Nghi, Tan Thanh and Chi Ma in Lang Son province, the customs clearance capacity was reduced by 50%, to only 220 vehicles per day. The total customs clearance capacity of the three border posts averages only 500 vehicles per day. Agricultural products congested at the Tan Thanh border gate include dragon fruit and jackfruit. On average, it takes 10-14 days for each truck to get customs clearance.

Speaking at the forum, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam suggested that localities in the center-south, the south-eastern region, the Mekong Delta in general and the province of Long An, in particular, should update the information of the Lang Son border crossings. , Quang Ninh, Lao Cai provinces to help businesses regulate the flow of goods, avoiding traffic jams when moving goods to border crossings. To reduce the risk of congestion during customs clearance, companies should promote official exports, transact with contracts, and exploit the opportunity in which China is about to open the market for passion fruit, durian and sweet potato from Vietnam through official channels.

At this forum, Mr. Dinh Minh Hiep, Director of HCMC Agriculture and Rural Development Department, said that the current demand for agricultural products from HCMC residents is over 8,200 tons per day. In which vegetables and fruits accounted for over 4,200 tons per day, rice about 2,000 tons per day, and cattle meat nearly 1,000 tons per day.

According to Mr. Hiep, the demand for goods for the upcoming Lunar New Year in HCMC is extremely high, especially livestock and poultry products. It is predicted that during the Lunar New Year the demand for pork will increase by 30-70 percent, poultry meat by 12-14 percent, and cattle meat by 40-60 percent.

By Van Phuc – Translated by Bao Nghi

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