Novel coronavirus pneumonia has been severely hit by China’s heavy outbreak of the disease. China has suspended many customs clearance services at ports, but in the first 11 months of 2021, Vietnam’s agricultural exports still made many positive results, and exports increased by 18.3%.
At the recent regular press conference of the Ministry of industry and trade, Ms. Ruan Jinzhuang, deputy director of the import and Export Bureau of the Ministry of industry and trade of Vietnam, said that China has recently taken very strict epidemic prevention measures to strictly prevent the spread of the epidemic through border ports. This is the main reason for the detention of goods and vehicles at the northern border port of Vietnam.
The Vietnamese government has instructed all relevant departments to strive to solve this problem. At present, the Ministry of industry and trade and the Ministry of foreign affairs of Vietnam have consulted with the Chinese side to take emergency measures, unify customs clearance procedures and extend customs clearance time at ports.
Based on the efforts of all parties, some ports have been reopened. For example, on January 10, China’s Guangxi Dongxing port has resumed customs clearance. From January 12, Vietnam’s pitaya can be exported to China through Laojie port.
Vietnam and China signed the ASEAN China Agreement on trade in goods (ACFTA), in which Vietnam negotiated the implementation of zero tariff preference for exported agricultural products. Viet Nam is also participating in the regional comprehensive economic development plan
In addition, the negotiation process on cargo quarantine is slow, so all Vietnamese fruits and vegetables exported to China have to be quarantined, while the figure in Thailand is only 30%. This is a major difficulty for Vietnam’s agricultural products to export to China.
Ms. Ruan Jinzhuang pointed out that efforts should be made to improve the quality of exported agricultural products, optimize the structure of export products, diversify export markets, promote official trade exports to the Chinese market, enter other markets that have signed trade agreements with Vietnam, and make full use of the provisions on tariff preferences in these agreements.
In addition, the Ministry of industry and trade of Vietnam, in cooperation with the Ministry of transport, proposed solutions and measures to solve the congestion of gilai port to the government. Vietnam’s Ministry of industry and trade also suggested that Vietnam Logistics Association and seaport Association take measures to reduce storage fees and work with enterprises to tide over the difficulties.
Source: Vietnam people’s daily
Post time: Jan-20-2022