Vietnamese fruits and vegetables hope to return to the Chinese market as soon as possible

Vietnamese fruits and vegetables hope to return to the Chinese market as soon as possible

Mr. Feng, who has been engaged in Sino-Vietnamese logistics trade in Guangxi for a long time, told the first financial reporter that many ports have been affected by the epidemic and the Spring Festival holiday since January, and customs clearance has been suspended or restricted. “The amount of customs clearance, the speed of customs clearance, and the types of customs clearance products” are still not as good as before.

The improvement of port logistics has given hope to fruit wholesalers in Vietnam. Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Heng said on the afternoon of the 26th that Vietnam will create convenient conditions for Chinese companies and businessmen to buy lychees in Vietnam. She said: “We have learned that hundreds of Chinese traders have already obtained entry visas to go to Bac Giang. The province buys lychees.”

congestion relief

Guangxi is located on the Sino-Vietnamese border, with 3 cities and 8 counties (districts) bordering Vietnam. The ports of Friendship Pass, Dongxing and Qinzhou Port are all convenient passages from China to Vietnam and ASEAN countries. According to a report from the Central Broadcasting Corporation, some border ports have temporarily suspended customs clearance operations since the beginning of this year due to factors such as repeated epidemics in Baise, Dongxing and other places.

Affected by the epidemic, China-Vietnam border ports took stricter epidemic prevention measures in December last year, resulting in congestion at border ports. Especially after some ports were closed, the pressure of customs clearance at ports that were still open increased greatly.

Pingxiang Friendship Pass is the largest land port from China to Vietnam and ASEAN countries, and it is still open during the epidemic. However, on March 6, the Pingxiang City Commerce and Port Administration issued a customs clearance warning: “The traffic capacity of Pingxiang Friendship Pass has continued to decline. On March 5, more than 2,300 heavy trucks were to be exported from each cargo yard. And the designated freight yards have been severely overloaded, and the average waiting time for export vehicles is expected to exceed 20 days.”

This began to improve as other border ports resumed customs clearance operations in May. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam said a few days ago that the number of trucks waiting for export has decreased significantly in recent days, and the customs clearance of import and export goods has shown positive improvement.

Vietnamese media also reported on the 24th that import and export trade activities at Sino-Vietnamese border ports have improved significantly. In the past few days, the number of trucks waiting for export in Vietnam’s Lang Son province alone has dropped from 1,100 to 1,300 to about 800.

However, although the congestion has improved, the daily customs clearance volume is still not as good as before. Mr. Feng told the first financial reporter that due to the use of non-contact freight transfer modes such as drop-and-hang and hanging cabinets, the current customs clearance volume of more than 400 vehicles at the Friendship Pass port has reached a peak. Before the epidemic and in early 2021, 1,300 to 1,400 vehicles passed through customs every day, and now it is only a third or even a quarter of the past. According to the latest data, only 13 vehicles entered and exited Longbang Port on May 26.

The goods cleared at the Sino-Vietnamese border ports are mainly agricultural products and consumer goods. The main products exported from Vietnam to China through land ports are cassava, fruit and peeled wooden boards; the main products exported from China to Vietnam are coke, fertilizer and machinery.