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PM wants farm exports to China by rail boosted

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has called on ministries and departments to expand the railway capacity and expedite construction of specialized railways to boost agricultural exports to China.

In an official telegram issued on February 6, the PM underscored the necessity to have stronger coordination amongst ministries and departments and a better logistics system for exporting agricultural and other products to the neighboring country.

Under PM Chinh’s directive, the ministries of Transportation – Industry and Trade will work with Chinese counterparts on ways to cut costs and duration of transport of agro-forestry-fishery products.

The Government leader highlighted the significance in operating international intermodal transport to connect Vietnam and China and enhancing linkages of railway systems at the border areas of Lao Cai. The move is aimed at facilitating trade and alleviating congestion at border gates that have taken place frequently over the past time, noted PM Chinh.

Relevant ministries also need to accelerate negotiations with Chinese sides to build specialized railways for agricultural products at border gates in Lang Son, Cao Bang, Lao Cai and Quang Ninh provinces.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade will take measures that have been outlined in the joint statement between Vietnam and China on expanding the market for agro-product exports.

In 2023, Vietnam’s agro-product exports to China reached US$11.5 billion, with durian exports exceeding US$2 billion. In addition to durian, 13 other Vietnamese agricultural products that have officially been exported to China include bird nest, sweet potato, longan, rambutan, mango, jackfruit, watermelon, banana, mangosteens, lychee, passion fruit and grass jelly.

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