As the “link” that plays the role of ensuring the “input – output” for the production chain, import and export of enterprises, the disruption of logistics activities also makes the industries “hit”. On the morning of August 8, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired an online conference. The Prime Minister worked with business representatives, business associations and localities on solutions to remove difficulties and promote economic growth. production and business of enterprises in the context of the pandemic.
Sharing with the Business Forum, Mr. Dao Trong Khoa, Standing Vice Chairman of Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA), representative of the Association attending the conference, said that the crisis from the Covid-19 pandemic causing disruptions and disruptions in transportation and supply chains. Even, anti-epidemic regulations are implemented in a lack of uniformity in localities, causing difficulties for logistics enterprises.
To maintain the transport and logistics chain for production and business activities, logistics enterprises are under the pressure of four “locks” to prevent the epidemic. Specifically, the first “lock” is that the driver must have a test; the second is that the transport vehicle must have a QR code to identify the green channel; the third is that the goods must be essential according to the regulations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the fourth “lock” is the local epidemic prevention checkpoints.
Along with that, many opinions at the Conference of Industry Associations such as Textile, Garment, Fisheries, etc. said that the congestion of transportation activities and the “escalating” logistics costs are seriously affecting activities. production and business of enterprises, disrupting the supply chain of manufacturing, import and export industries.
Faced with this fact, the Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA) proposed many solutions to remove difficulties to promote production and business of logistics service enterprises in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. complicated developments today.
VLA requests the Government to approve the proposal in Official Letter No. 4482/BCT-TTTN of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on promulgating a list of goods “prohibited from circulation” instead of listing the list of “essential goods” allowed to be stored. pine.
VLA proposed that the People’s Committees of provinces and cities where international sea and air border gates are located must prioritize the allocation of “green channels” for transport of import and export goods, so that there is no delay in connection with Vietnam. Scheduled trains, planes, or raw materials do not arrive at the factory in time, causing production disruptions.
VLA suggested that the Government and localities consider giving priority to vaccination for workers who directly do logistics services at seaports, airports, warehouses, and carry out procedures for loading and unloading goods to ensure safe operation. Logistics activities are continuous in the goods supply chain to avoid supply chain disruptions, especially at international ports.
According to the report on congestion and overload of Cat Lai port, which is operated and managed by Saigon Newport Corporation, seriously affecting import and export activities, directly affecting business enterprises. Transport, logistics, and VLA businesses support the measures proposed by Saigon Newport Corporation and propose to the Government to have appropriate policies to allow the release of thousands of “derelict” containers left behind at the port. Cat Lai and some major ports are now over 60 days overdue, as stipulated in the Vietnam Maritime Code 2015, Clause 4, Article 167. Also, take necessary measures to regulate shipping lines. container to the area, ICD has been invested and built in accordance with the planning, still has excess capacity in the area of HCMC and Cai Mep Thi Vai.
Through the incident with Cat Lai Port in the past time (as well as happened at the beginning of 2019), VLA emphasized that state management agencies, specifically the Maritime Administration, need to promote the regulatory role between Seaport areas to ensure smooth circulation of goods in the context that the capacity/capacity of ports in HCMC and neighboring areas has not been fully exploited.
At the same time, it is proposed to change the customs supervision procedure in the direction of trade facilitation, allowing businesses to make a common customs declaration by province, city or larger area and bring goods to the customs clearance locations. Customs authorities in the region under the supervision of Customs as is the practice of Western European countries – North America will reduce congestion and overload at gateway ports (because now one-stop electronic declaration on the system software has been applied). most VASSVM).
VLA proposed that the Government have a policy to control the amount of goods in the city and bring them to new planned places. Dredging channels so that ports in Hiep Phuoc area can promote their functions, reduce pressure on Cat Lai port, ensure efficient exploitation of existing ports (minimum 75% capacity); maintain the overall operation of the logistics chain stably in all situations.
Regarding the reduction of logistics costs for businesses, VLA recommends not to apply policies that increase logistics costs in general, such as collecting fees for seaport infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City from October 1. And reduce the fee for seaport infrastructure of Hai Phong city.
Regarding solving difficulties in foreign shipping lines increasing the high freight rates continuously affecting production, import and export, VLA proposed the Industry Associations, VLA and Association of Marine Brokerage Agents. Vietnam, the Vietnam Seaport Association and VCCI have coordinated and cooperated with each other and with member enterprises in exchanging information on the situation of freight rates, empty containers and professional activities to is also a settlement partner with the Carriers in saving freight, freight rates, and reducing maritime surcharges.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Home Affairs are requested to quickly strengthen the Shippers Association strong enough to represent shippers in fighting with carriers in terms of freight rates, freight storage, etc. in the current market mechanism. . This is an urgent request.
It is recommended that the ministries and branches in charge of management such as the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance have effective guidance in the implementation of legal documents such as Decree 146 on declaration of sea freight charges. of foreign container shipping lines and limit the current uncontrolled (uncontrolled) increase in freight rates. At the same time, it is not allowed to increase and take measures to reduce or eliminate some of the 12 types of high sea freight surcharges at present. This is an urgent problem that our country’s import-export and manufacturing enterprises are asking to be solved. We respectfully request the Ministry of Industry and Trade to investigate and consider the antitrust of related shipping alliances under Vietnam’s Competition Law.
Proposing the Government to make a decision to develop sea transportation with Vietnamese brand name. Specifically, developing a fleet of large container ships for long-distance business such as the Americas and Europe, partly meeting the requirements of transporting import and export goods of Vietnam, as proposed by the Vietnam Association of Logistics Service Enterprises. .
VLA proposed the Ministry of Information and Communications to support logistics service providers and manufacturing and import-export enterprises in digital transformation for business activities, especially e-commerce development. cross the border.