Ho Chi Minh City port stops receiving imports as containers pile up


Containers being loaded at Tân Cảng - Cát Lái Port in HCM City. — VNA/VNS

HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam News/ANN): Tân Cảng - Cát Lái Port in HCM City’s newly created Thủ Đức city will temporarily stop accepting imports by businesses that have suspended production so that it can clear a huge backlog of containers that have piled up.

In an announcement, the Tân Cảng Saigon (Saigon New Port) Corporation said the pileup has been caused by firms reducing or suspending production since the city’s lockdown began.

In the period, starting July 9, the number of trucks coming to the port to pick up cargo has declined sharply, and the number of containers stuck has climbed to nearly 100 per cent of capacity.

The port is also facing a shortage of employees, with the number halving to 250, exacerbating the pileup.

Nguyễn Phương Nam, the corporation’s deputy general director, said customers who have suspended production should stop importing goods through the port for the time being, though it would still receive them if the goods are already en route.

As for exports, oversized and excessively heavy goods and refrigerated cargo will also not be accepted until at least Aug 16.

Shipping companies have been told to persuade their customers to change the destination to Tân Cảng - Hiệp Phước Port in the city’s Nhà Bè District or to Tân Cảng - Cái Mép International Terminal or Tân Cảng - Cái Mép Thị Vải Terminal in neighbouring Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu Province.

The corporation has called on shippers to provide the estimated number of containers with imports and empty brought by vessels docked at its port in the next two weeks so that it can proactively rearrange space.

If the number of containers stockpiled reaches the port’s maximum capacity, the port will have to stop receiving cargo.

The corporation has called on the city Department of Customs to seek the General Department of Vietnam Customs’ instructions for dealing with the backlog at the port.

Nguyễn Xuân Sang, director general of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, said his agency has proposed solutions to the Ministry of Transport to resolve the urgent problems at the port.

VMA had opened a hotline at 0903 772 683 to receive calls so that it could support import-export companies and goods owners with loading and unloading of goods at the port.

It has also set up a command centre under the VMA, HCM City branch, to co-ordinate with port operators, shipping operators and other relevant agencies to quickly handle problems and ensure smooth operation of all ports.

It has instructed port authorities across the country to make plans to receive goods to prevent a similar situation.

Ports handle about 40 per cent of the country’s imports and exports. — Vietnam News/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Vietnam , Ho Chi Minh City , port , containers , pile-up

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Laos begins term as UN General Assembly vice president
Brunei: Govt announces that only people with BruHealth app allowed to go out
Singapore: Three elderly men with chronic health problems die due to Covid-19 complications
Indonesia's pride - the Javan rhinos under threat from natural disasters and inbreeding
Thailand: Villager in Petchabun province stumbles across one of world’s rarest mushrooms
Covid-19 pandemic projected to cost Philippines a whopping US$810 billion in next 10-40 years
Vietnam's Vabiotech to start commercial production of Sputnik V vaccine
US budgets US$180 million humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar
India will export 8 million vaccine doses under Quad Partnership by end of October
South Korea's daily Covid-19 cases top 3,000 for first time after holiday

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers