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Waste containers create severe traffic congestion at port
The Saigon Times Daily
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Waste containers create severe traffic congestion at port

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Some 8,000 containers storing scrap such as paper and plastics has been identified as the cause of the serious traffic congestion at Cat Lai Port in District 2, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported, citing Nguyen Nang Toan, director of Logistics Center at Saigon Newport Corporation.

Toan claimed that as Vietnam’s environment policy remains loose, the country could become the dump site of the world. Vietnam is currently on the receiving end of waste and scrap from other countries.

Market research revealed that some enterprises have bought waste for their recycling business and commercial activities, Toan noted, adding that Vietnam would have to spend a lot of money treating the large amounts of scrap.

In terms of scrap imports, the Government has asked four ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Transport Ministry, to speed up reviews and tighten scrap imports into Vietnam after China banned imports of such wastes.

Nguyen Xuan Sang, director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, was cited by Vneconomy newspaper as saying that as of May 31, of the 27,944 containers in storage at Vietnamese ports, the HCMC ports accommodate as many as 14,658 containers of scrap.

Sang stressed that the large volume of waste being transported to Vietnam would pollute the environment and require funds from the budget to treat the waste, adding that provincial customs bureaus have reviewed suspicious containers to promptly control and isolate them.

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