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Vietnam: Border province to set up virus-free zones to aid exports

The local authority in the northern province of Lang Son has set up several COVID-19-free zones in an attempt to ensure the flow of goods across the Vietnam-China border stays efficient and uninterrupted.

The objective is to help exports, especially fresh fruits, and agricultural products, to spend as little time as possible at the border gate, according to Nguyen Dinh Dai, director of the provincial department of industry and trade.

Dai said it's important to set up operations early as harvest seasons are fast approaching for major Vietnamese fruit exports including jackfruit, lichi, dragonfruit, and mango.

According to customs officers at the Tan Thanh Gate on the Vietnam-China border, trucks loaded with fresh fruits are among the first ones to be cleared in the morning to ensure the quality and freshness of their cargo.

Vu Quynh Trang from the Lang Son-based Hong Hai Import-Export SJC. said local authority and customs office have been working closely with her company to shorten the time required to clear on both sides of the border.

The border gate has been working 24/7 with officers joining with local law enforcement staff to minimise traffic jams and bottlenecks. Dong Dinh Yen, deputy commander of Tan Thanh Border Patrol said his unit has ramped up inspection and security measures in recent weeks while assisting businesses and truckers.

The local authority has been holding regular meetings with Guangxi's authority to find solutions to help businesses from both sides of the border save time and money on administrative procedures.

According to the Tan Thanh customs office, more than 1,500 trucks carrying Vietnamese fresh fruits have crossed over to China from May 15-30.

Source: VietnamPlus


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