After the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent a delegation to Tan Thanh Border Gate to evaluate the situation in which 500 trucks were held up here, the Ministry of Industry and Trade on October 22 also sent a delegation to the border gate to look for solutions to resolve congestion.
Deputy minister Phung Duc Tien of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the number of trucks carrying agricultural products, mainly dragon fruits, which had been stuck at Tan Thanh Border Gate in Lang Son Province, now has dropped to around 400 trucks.
According to deputy minister Phung Duc Tien, the reason that caused farm produce congestion at Tan Thanh Border Gate for a long time was because the procedure to check vehicles transporting farm produce of Chinese authority takes longer, from around 2 minutes to 6 minutes. ‘Thus, the time for vehicle checking at the beginning has tripled,’ he said. Meanwhile, Vietnam has entered harvest season of dragon fruits, the amount of goods increase while checking procedures are longer, leading to traffic congestion.
According to a report by Mr. Hoang Khanh Duy, head of the Immigration Office under the Department of Industry and Trade of Lang Son Province, in the third quarter, the volume of export farm produce declined. But it is at the end of the year, so as usual, the number of vehicles transporting farm produce increases heavily to about 250 vehicles per day.
In order to clear congestion and support vehicles’ owners, the agricultural deputy minister asked the People’s Committee of Lang Son Province and other departments to collaborate with Chinese authorities, such as customs, animal and plant quarantine and border guards to extend their working time to do customs clearance.