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Researching solutions to improve the logistics service chain for agricultural products in the Mekong Delta

On May 26, in Can Tho City, the Vietnam Federation of Trade and Industry coordinated with the People’s Committee of Can Tho City to organize a Forum: “Completing the chain of Services of Logistics for agricultural products in the Mekong Delta.” Attending were Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong – Deputy Head of the Central Economic Commission, Mr. Tran Viet Truong – Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee.

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Speakers discuss at the forum (photo: Vietnam Economic Science Association)

The forum consisted of 2 discussion sessions: Improving Logistics Infrastructure – Recommendations from Enterprises and Linking to develop logistics service chains for agricultural products in the Mekong Delta. Accordingly, the Mekong Delta is the area with the highest logistics costs, accounting for 30% of product costs, contradicting the contribution of regional goods. The system for regional logistics lacks connectivity and synchronization, infrastructure does not meet actual needs. There is a lack of a seaport system, especially a deep-water port for ships transporting export containers, a lack of key logistics centers and satellite central systems, a lack of empty container yards, a warehouse system at ports, and control units. food safety and hygiene standards, standard irradiation…

Due to the different characteristics of creeks between localities, it is not possible to form inland waterway transport routes with separate tonnage; The barges are also not able to carry the maximum allowable load. Most import and export goods have to be transshipped through Cat Lai Ports in Ho Chi Minh City and Cai Mep – Thi Vai in Ba Ria – Vung Tau, which consumes a lot of time and money. Enterprises providing professional logistics services in the region are still very limited… These challenges increase costs for businesses, reduce the competitiveness of Mekong Delta agricultural products in particular and Vietnamese agricultural products in general.

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Launching the campaign board of the Association for the Development of Logistics and Supply Chain of Agricultural Products in the Mekong Delta (photo: Can Tho newspaper)

At the forum, experts and scientists also affirmed that the Mekong Delta is welcoming a golden opportunity when it is interested by the Central Government, creating a driving force for development by many specific planning-oriented policies, in which, Regional Planning Mekong Delta period 2021-2030, vision to 2050; Resolution 45/2022/QH15 of the National Assembly aims to form the largest logistics center in the region and create a premise for the logistics development of Can Tho in particular and the Mekong Delta in general. Recently, Resolution No. 13-NQ/TW dated April 2, 2022 of the 13th Politburo also proposed a series of solutions to improve institutions and development policies, and promote regional linkages and rapid development. and regional economic sustainability.

Nguyen Thanh Phong, Deputy Head of the Central Economic Commission, said that in order to develop logistics in the current global competition, it is necessary to build large logistics centers and logistics enterprises with enough potential to close the system. logistics ecology with end-to-end integrated solutions from international shipping by sea to inland logistics with warehousing system, customs brokerage, trucking technology, thereby helping to save costs thanks to tissue.

At the forum, accompanying localities, businesses and investors to discuss specific solutions to develop the Mekong Delta logistics industry in the new period, complete the logistics service chain and connect investment opportunities. Logistics enterprises and agricultural product exporters share knowledge and information, closely follow market developments, seek specific solutions to attract logistics businesses, develop the logistics industry for the Mekong Delta in the near future. new stage; reduce logistics costs, complete the chain of proactive logistics services for agricultural development in this region.

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