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Vietnamese wholesale traders worried by market restrictions

The amount of goods arriving at the three wholesale markets in Ho Chi Minh City is at a record low; traders are disparaged by stringent Covid-19 regulations.

Hoc Mon market reopened Monday with 132 tons but only 22 were distributed to other markets, said its director Nguyen Tien Dung. On Tuesday received five tons of goods, the lowest amount ever.

Thu Duc market received 74 tons of fruits on September 17, the first day it reopened, and the figure dropped to 71 tons Tuesday. No vegetables have arrived as vendors are reluctant to restart trading.

Binh Dien market, the earliest of the three to reopen on September 7, received around 91.5 tons of goods Tuesday, while the figure was 100 tons two weeks earlier. These figures are unusually low against the pre-pandemic level of 7,000-10,000 tons of meat, fruits and vegetables arriving at all three markets daily.

Traders are said to be reluctant to trade as they are required to test Covid negative every three days. Rules allowing only trucks to enter the market along with vehicle and personnel registration have further discouraged them. Many vendors are now selling their goods alongside national highways to avoid complicated market regulations, while some have also become familiar with selling online.


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