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China’s import curb sends cargo backlogs soaring in northern Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Chinese government has suspended customs clearance at the border gate pair of Ai Dian in China and Chi Ma in Vietnam, leading to a surge in cargo backlogs in the northern border province of Lang Son.

On March 14, the Chinese side announced a suspension in customs clearance for Vietnam’s imports at the border gate pair after detecting several Covid infections, the management board of the Dong Dang-Lang Son border gate economic zone said today, March 16.

China is set to reopen the border gate on March 17 or 18, the local media reported.

Though the Huu Nghi international border gate in the province has been reopened, the temporary shutdown of the Ai Dian-Chi Ma border gate pair is slowing down the customs clearance of cargo for export.

A mere 25 cargo container trucks were cleared at the province’s border gates on March 14, while 69 others went through the gates to enter Vietnam.

As of March 15, as many as 1,325 container trucks, with 942 of them carrying fruits, had been stuck in the province.

Lang Son Province has maintained operations at the Huu Nghi and Tan Thanh border gates.

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