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All goods are deemed essential: Transport Minister

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HCMC – All goods, except for illegal items, must be considered essential and important products to make it easier to transport and circulate goods during the Covid fight, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The told an online meeting on August 25.

Speaking at the meeting with the ministries of Industry-Trade and Agriculture and Rural Development and the provincial and municipal governments, Minister The also said that all road and waterway routes are considered “green routes”, which vehicles are permitted to use to transport goods.

Officials at the coronavirus checkpoints were asked to ensure smooth traffic while checking vehicles through QR codes and open them up if the areas get heavily congested, The said.

Besides, the minister also asked the provinces and cities to accept a negative Covid-19 quick or RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior and not ask drivers whose vehicles are granted a QR code to show a movement permit, the local media reported.

At the meeting, some officials complained about Can Tho City’s anti-virus measures being imposed on vehicles transporting goods. Under the city’s order, the vehicles must register their operation with the industry and trade agency, undergo goods transshipment and change drivers before entering the city.

For example, on August 25, a vehicle transporting oxygen tanks from HCMC to Soc Trang Province was barred in Can Tho City due to complicated regulations, while Soc Trang Province was in need of oxygen.

Concluding the meeting, Minister The ordered provinces and cities not to undertake the transshipment of goods and to facilitate their transportation so that residents and firms can access them as soon as possible.

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