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‘Suggest Hai Phong open the door to Hai Duong’s cargo truck’

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Directorate for Roads of Vietnam proposed the Department of Transport of Hai Phong City to consider removing goods circulation between the city and Hai Duong province.

On the afternoon of February 23, Ms. Phan Thi Thu Hien, Deputy Director of Roads of Vietnam, said the General Department had sent a written request to Hai Phong Department of Transport to study the proposal of the authorities of Hai Duong province. Before the problem of many vehicles carrying goods of this province, they could not go to Hai Phong city for export.

Hai Phong city functional forces control people and vehicles at the quarantine post on the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway, February 22 Photo: Giang Chinh

According to Mr. Le Quy Tiep, Director of the Department of Transport of Hai Duong province, from the afternoon of February 22, Hai Phong distributes air flow for vehicles on Highway 5, especially people and vehicles from Hai Duong. Vehicles must go on the Hanoi – Hai Phong expressway in and out of Hai Duong through the intersection with Highway 38, causing congestion.

In addition, at the request of Hai Phong, the vehicle carrying goods from Hai Duong is only allowed to enter the city when there is a specific contract or order (place of manufacture, delivery, place of receipt), the driver must give results. PCR test was negative in the last 3 days; There must be certification of the transport enterprise owner that the driver is entitled to accommodation and management. These requirements lead to difficulties in the circulation of goods in and out of Hai Phong port.

Hai Duong has about 90,000 tons of agricultural products to harvest.  Photo: Thanh Chung

Farmers harvest agricultural products in Hai Duong, February 2021. Image: Thanh Chung

To ensure the realization of the dual goal of fighting against epidemics and economic development, today (February 23), the Department of Transport of Hai Duong province sent a document to the Ministry of Transport, asking for opinions from Hai. Room to solve the above problem in the direction of stopping the separation from National Highway 5 to the Hanoi – Hai Phong Expressway.

At the same time, the two sides agreed to propose a plan to transport goods, especially agricultural products of Hai Duong through Hai Phong port.

Hai Duong’s proposed plan is that a driver carrying agricultural products from this province, after sterilization, will drive the container straight to Hai Phong port to unload the cargo; Only driver and assistant driver will not get off. After finishing goods, they will return to Hai Duong immediately.

According to Mr. Le Quy Tiep, since the outbreak on January 28 and stopped circulation up to now, there have been more than 100 export orders for agricultural products, or about 650 40-foot containers that have had to cancel the ship’s schedule and cancel the contract. damage about 100 billion. If Hai Duong carrots and agricultural products continue to be unable to export from now to the beginning of March, the loss is estimated at VND 400 billion.

“Commodities continue to be noisy, causing damage to farmers, also affecting the prestige of Vietnamese agricultural products, affecting trade agreements that the province and ministries take a lot of effort to negotiate,” he said. Tiep worries, in the context of Hai Phong outbreak again, the regulations will be even tighter.

Many trucks of Hai Duong province's license plates circulating on the Hanoi - Hai Phong highway were required to turn around and go the other way, on February 22.  Photo: Giang Chinh

Many trucks of Hai Duong province’s license plates circulating on the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway were required to turn around and go in the other direction, on February 22. Image: Giang Chinh

Previously, on February 21-22, Hai Duong People’s Committee issued two consecutive dispatches to Hai Phong with the content “removing difficulties for businesses”. Chairman of Hai Duong province Nguyen Duong Thai said that this province plans to transship goods, by the driver with negative confirmation will transport goods from this province to the quarantine at the border between the two provinces, then The first driver of Hai Phong took over and transported into the city.

Containerized goods are transported by the driver by tractor truck to the gathering point, cut off, leaving trailers with the goods. Tractor driver from Hai Phong to receive and transport to the port. Enterprises of the two sides contacted by themselves to arrange the driver, vehicle and delivery method.

However, leaders of Hai Phong responded that Hai Duong’s plan was not reasonable, due to the narrow control point, it was impossible for vehicles to gather. Enterprises from Hai Phong also do not accept to exchange vehicles. Hai Phong suggested Hai Duong soon have a more feasible plan, for the two sides to study together.

In addition to the above documents, Hai Duong at least twice sent official dispatches to provinces and cities including Hai Phong, proposing to facilitate the circulation of cargo vehicles through the control points, since the outbreak. January 28.

Some localities of Hai Duong find ways to consume agricultural products in neighboring provinces and cities. Mr. Nguyen Van Kien, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Chi Linh City, said he reported to the province and asked the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade to come up with a plan to support the consumption of about 650,000 hill chickens until the sale period, equivalent to 1,600 tons. In addition, Chi Linh City still has about 150 ha of vegetables and crops until the harvest period has not had a place for consumption. “The Hanoi side has had feedback, the two sides are discussing specific transportation plans to ensure safety against epidemics,” said Mr. Kien.

Representatives of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade on the afternoon of February 22 said, more than 400 tons of Hai Duong agricultural products have been consumed in Hanoi in recent days. The Department has connected with 32 commercial enterprises, 34 markets, and 59 production units to find ways to buy. At the same time, together with the Department of Transport, Hanoi Police, create conditions for vehicles to transport Hai Duong agricultural products to the area.

Hoang Phuong – Doan Loan

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