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Hai Phong's logistics services strengthening regional links

Released at: 19:49, 12/07/2019

Hai Phong's logistics services strengthening regional links

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Conference discusses development of logistics services in northern port city.

by Phi Linh

A conference entitled “Developing Logistics Services in Hai Phong - Improving Competitiveness and Strengthening Regional Links” was held on July 17 in Hai Phong.

Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and leaders of the Hai Phong City People’s Committee co-chaired the conference.

Attracting some 300 delegates, the conference spent a lot of time on dialogue between the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the People’s Committee with logistics businesses. Participants discussed solutions to attract investment in logistics infrastructure development and resolve difficulties and obstacles, create a driving force to improve competitiveness and connectivity efficiency to make Hai Phong a logistics hub in the region.

How to develop the city’s logistics network was also discussed at the conference, touching on coordination mechanisms between specialized and local management agencies to implement the action plan in Decision No. 200/TTg.

Decision No. 200/TTg, dated February 14, 2017 of the Prime Minister approved the Action Plan to improve the competitiveness and development of Vietnam’s logistics services by 2025, with the proportion of logistics services in GDP to reach 8-10 per cent, growth to reach 15-20 per cent, the rate of outsourcing logistics services to reach 50-60 per cent, and logistics costs to fall to the equivalent of 16-20 per cent of GDP. MoIT is the focal point to lead and coordinate with ministries, branches, localities, and relevant organizations.

Hai Phong has the largest volume of import and export goods in the north, possessing favorable factors to become an important logistics service center in the country. It has many ports with modern equipment and adequate and safe infrastructure suitable for international commercial transport. Lach Huyen Port is being built to become an international gateway.

Cat Bi Airport is being upgraded to meet the rising demand of aviation logistics. The network of highways connecting Hai Phong with Hanoi and cities and provinces makes travel convenient. Railways connect Hanoi, Lang Son, and Lao Cai and many points south.

Hai Phong is also home to many logistics businesses and logistics training facilities in the north. The city plays an important role in the “Two Corridors of an Economic Belt of Vietnam - China” development strategy.

According to the development plan for the Lang Son - Hanoi - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh economic corridor to 2020, Hai Phong is to become an important maritime transport hub connecting northern Vietnam with Van Nam and Quang Tay provinces in China; an important growth pole in the “two economic corridors”.

According to the MoIT plan, Hai Phong Port will be upgraded and see construction of two berths at Dinh Vu that can allow 20,000 DWT vessels to dock, with customs clearance capacity to reach 25-30 million tons each year. Hai Phong’s seaport network will benefit from its strategic location near Northeast Asian countries and its transport infrastructure is becoming more complete.

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