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Backlogs at northern border seen soaring as another border gate closes

By Lan Nhi

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HANOI – The Tra Linh Border Gate in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang suspended customs clearance from today, December 28, worsening the huge backlogs of exports to China and goods in transit at the border gate.

According to members of the Vietnam Logistics Business Association, the Tra Linh Border Gate is connected with the Longbang Border Gate in Baise City of China’s Guangxi Province.

As the border gates in Lang Son have seen an increasingly big backlog of container trucks, many have shifted to the border gates in Cao Bang but have also got stranded there.

Pham Thi Ngoc Thuy, head of the office of the prime minister’s Private Sector Development Committee, said solutions for the backlogs had yet to be worked out.

As for goods in transit in Vietnam, including bananas from Laos and jackfruits, durians and longans from Thailand, if enterprises want their vehicles to return to their countries and destroy their goods in Vietnam, they must seek permission from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The volume and value of transit goods at border gates in Vietnam have yet to be announced. However, they will be harder to address than Vietnamese exports to China.

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