HCMC – Hundreds of seafood transport trucks have got stranded at the Mong Cai International Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province since China stopped customs clearance to prevent the spread of Covid-19 late last month.
Since February 25, customs clearance at the border gate has been suspended due to China’s “Zero Covid” policy, the Mong Cai City government said today, March 10.
After China’s Fangchenggang City detected dozens of Covid cases, the Chinese authorities tightened anti-Covid measures, including suspending import-export activities at its border gates.
Tran Bich Ngoc, head of the management board of the Mong Cai International Border Gate, said that Mong Cai City had 25 container trucks carrying fresh fruits and some 500 trucks of frozen seafood awaiting customs clearance. The goods are being stored at refrigerated warehouses.
Some other international border gates in the province, including Hoanh Mo and Bac Phong Sinh, are facing the same fate, seeing huge backlogs of exports to China, Thanh Nien Online reported.
Due to China’s export-import suspension, the management board has asked exporters to temporarily stop transporting goods to the northern border gate and proactively tap other markets for export and boost domestic consumption.