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

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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Logistics costs – competitive challenges of Vietnamese agricultural products

Vietnam’s agricultural sector faces the problem of cost-cutting to increase international competitiveness in the face of the effects of Covid-19 and the impact of EVFTA.

Vietnamese agricultural products are facing fierce competition in international markets, especially price competition. One of the reasons for the price increase of Vietnamese agricultural products is logistics costs.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, logistics in the agricultural value chain accounts for 20-25% of the total cost, which is quite high compared to the average of 10-15% of countries in the region.

According to the Vietnam Logistic Report 2019, coffee is one of the commodities that is quite expensive when bringing products from the Central Highlands to Cat Lai port. The total domestic transport logistics cost in 2018 of this item is 35 million USD, approximately 10% of the total export value.

The farmer grows coffee. Photo: Phan Anh

According to experts, infrastructure and logistics costs are one of the issues that need to be resolved to increase the competitive advantage of Vietnamese agricultural products. In the context of global agriculture being heavily influenced by Covid-19, causing demand to decline, this problem must find a solution more quickly than ever.

The challenges facing the agricultural sector will be discussed by experts at an online seminar with the topic “Logistics costs for Vietnamese agricultural products – Challenging competition in international markets”, broadcast live. on VnExpress at 15h on October 13.

The program has the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Trieu Thanh Nam – Deputy Head of Trade Policy Department cum Head of European Market Group, Department of Agro-Processing and Market Development. The logistics and agriculture business side included Mr. Tran Duc Nghia – Director of Delta International Company Limited and Ms. Nguyen Thi Diem Hang – Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Organic Farm Company; Vice Chairman of Vinapharma Group Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company, Creative Director of GMP Tadaphaco Pharmaceutical Factory.

Under the coordination of Mr. Nguyen Duc Tung – Private Economic Development Research Board (Section IV), the guests will focus on analyzing the context, as well as the impact of the supply chain breakdown of Vietnamese agricultural products. South, which goes into depth on the loss during harvest and transportation. In addition, representatives of ministries, sectors and businesses frankly assessed the lack of linkages between agricultural products and logistics, and standard agricultural preservation technologies and techniques. From there, find solutions to reduce logistics costs and increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese agricultural products.

Readers can ask questions of the speakers in the comments.

Pham An

A series of webinars on agricultural issues is one of the activities of the AgriFair Online Agricultural Fair. The events will focus on discussing urgent topics, many businesses, readers interested in the agricultural sector. This is where managers, experts and businesses find solutions to agricultural – agricultural – market problems and future business development scenarios, especially the transition scenario. industry number change.

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Build smart cold storage for Western agricultural products

After Tra Vinh, a chain of 5 smart cold stores will be deployed in the Mekong Delta to seize opportunities to export agricultural products to the EU.

Tra Vinh Provincial People’s Committee and Vietnam Green Start-up Fund have just started a smart cold storage in Binh Phu commune, Cang Long district, Tra Vinh province. This project belongs to the framework of connecting resources to support export-oriented start-ups in European and Middle East markets.

Smart cold storage in Tra Vinh has an area of ​​10,000 m2, investment scale of more than one million USD, equivalent to over 24 billion VND. In which, funding capital is 887,781 USD, local cash reciprocal capital is 149,717. Funding funding is from the FinExpo Committee (Belgium). All construction materials and machines are imported from Belgium.

This cold storage uses IoT sensor technology to regulate and monitor the environment of agricultural preservation through remote control; automatic registration, detailed control of products (type, origin, quality, size, homegrown name …).

This technological process aims to preserve the freshness of agricultural products, maintain quality for a long time, meet export standards and help customers easily trace the origin, … In addition, cold storage is equipped with Solar energy system will help save electricity, cost and protect the environment during operation.

Ms. Duong Thi Bich Diep, Chairman of the Vietnam Green Startup Fund, said the fund is looking for optimal locations to build a chain of 5 smart cold storage in the Mekong Delta region. The project of building a chain of 5 smart cold stores is implemented in parallel with the program to support farmers to improve knowledge, science and technology, seed support, microbiological fertilizers, finance … meet international standards.

After EVFTA officially comes into effect, the export tax of vegetables, tubers and fruits from Vietnam to Europe will be at 0%. This opens up many opportunities for Vietnamese agricultural products to compete in the EU market. “However, in order to boost the growth of agricultural exports to leading markets such as Europe, the Middle East … we must overcome weaknesses in production, raw materials, storage, processing and logistics. “, Mrs. Diep said.

Currently, the project of Vietnam Green Start-up Fund has connected with the supermarket system Co-op Mart, Tanifood fruit and vegetable processing factory … to promote domestic consumption in parallel with connecting distributors. export distribution. The big partner just accepted to join is Green Yard, one of the agricultural distributors with operations in 25 countries and annual sales of 4.18 billion euros.

“We consider Vietnam an important trading partner, especially when EVFTA is approved. This will create a great competitive advantage for Vietnamese agricultural products in the European market,” said Mr. Frédéric Rosseneu Green Yard’s director of global business development, said.

Dieu Tung