HCMC – Lobster exports to China via the temporary floating bridge km3+4 have recently dropped to 30 tons per day to align with customs clearance requirements and prevent cargo congestion at the border gate.
According to the Mong Cai International Border Gate’s Management Board in Quang Ninh Province, lobster exports through the temporary floating bridge km3+4 have now resumed.
Prior to this adjustment, lobster shipments via the floating bridge averaged between 40 to 50 tons per day.
On September 20, a significant number of trucks carrying lobsters to China became stranded at the border gate due to prolonged customs clearance procedures. This delay resulted in a substantial number of lobsters perishing, leading to significant losses for exporting businesses.
The customs clearance delay was caused by Chinese authorities conducting inspections on 100% of lobsters imported from Vietnam, as opposed to the previous 20% to 30% sampling approach.
In response to the cargo backlog and to mitigate losses for businesses, Chinese authorities have committed to increasing staff for lobster inspections at the border gate. Meanwhile, Vietnamese businesses will adjust the volume of lobsters in line with the customs clearance capacity.