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Transport firms lower charges
Le Anh
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Transport firms lower charges

Le Anh

HCMC – Many transport companies in HCMC have reduced their freight rates to compete with others due to a surge in the number of trucks last year.

Nguyen Van Chanh, vice chairman of the HCMC Cargo Transport Association, said transport firms encountered numerous difficulties last year due to taxes, fees and administrative procedures. In addition, the rising number of trucks put into service also intensified the competition among transport firms, making life tougher for many.

According to statistics of the association, the number of container trucks in the city soared 27.8% and trucks of at least 3.5 tons 76% while the cargo transport volume picked up a mere 7.5% to 406 million tons.

Enterprises have reduced their transport charges by half and many trucks have even transported more cargo than permitted.

In addition, high road maintenance fees and toll fees placed a further burden on transport firms. Lam Dai Vinh, director of Lam Vinh Transport Service Co Ltd, said the company has to pay a fee of VND20-25 million monthly for each truck, which is extremely high.

Fuel costs also rose considerably due to regular traffic jams on roads leading to Cat Lai Port in District 2. Besides, traffic congestion also led to late cargo deliveries, affecting their reputation, said Do Xuan Phu, director of Lien Minh company.

These problems have remained unsolved although the HCMC Cargo Transport Association has petitioned competent authorities to look at it several times. Vinh proposed cuts of 30% on both toll fees and road maintenance fees.

Tran Quang Lam, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Transport, said the department has received proposals from enterprises and would take coping measures soon.

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