At current, greater than 1,800 vans have been ready for greater than per week to dump their cargo throughout the border because the latter continues to impose strict Covid-19 restrictions.
For the final 11 days, Quan’s 16-ton dragon fruit truck has not been in a position to enter China by way of the Huu Nghi Border Gate in Lang Son Province; and it’s unsure what number of extra days he must wait.
For driving 1,800 kilometers from the southern province of Lengthy An, Quan can be paid VND10 million ($440). However the additional bills he’s incurring whereas he waits are consuming into his wage.
“There won’t be not a lot left after I end the supply,” he stated.
Thinh, driving from the southern province of Binh Dinh, has been ready with a co-driver for almost one week.
They obtain a day by day stipend of VND200,000 for meals, water, tub and different bills. They eat prompt noodles and sleep within the truck to economize.
“It has been raining, so we drivers are much more drained.”
As of February 13, 1,815 container vans have been ready to enter China on the three important border gates of Lang Son. Ninety % of them have been carrying recent fruits from southern provinces.
The delay in clearing container vans on the border has been taking place because the finish of final yr. Throughout the Lunar New Yr (Tet) vacation from Jan. 19-Feb. 6, the difficulty was partly resolved due to intervention from senior officers, nevertheless it has resurfaced since.
Chinese language customs authorities have continued to impose the “zero Covid” technique which requires stringent security measures. It takes hours to display a truck now as an alternative of the traditional 10-Quarter-hour.
With 100-200 vans arriving every single day, it might take 10-15 days to clear the blockage, Lang Son authorities estimate.
The delay, which has develop into routine annual occasion for some drivers, is hurting transport firms.
Container vans are seen at Tan Thanh Border Gate in Lang Son Province, February 14, 2022. Picture by VnExpress/Quan Ha
The Thai Viet Trung Worldwide Transport Firm is dropping VND60-80 million a day because it has over 30 vans caught on the border.
Tran Van Hao, CEO of the corporate, stated that the time it takes to finish a visit from the south to the border has tripled to 25-30 days due to the blockage.
The scarcity of drivers, which regularly occurs after the Tet vacation, solely creates extra complications as a result of Hao has to pay increased salaries.
“They used to ask for VND2 million a day, now they need VND3 million and even VND5 million.”
A number of transport firms have refused to tackle border deliveries for concern of getting their vans caught on the border for weeks.
For the reason that finish of the Lunar New Yr vacation on February 6, Nguyen Manh Hung, CEO of transport agency XNK, has obtained many calls to ship items to China every single day. He has rejected all of them.
“Now we have suggested our prospects to search out different border gates, similar to Mong Cai in Quang Ninh Province. But it surely doesn’t assist a lot.”
Hung has been taking extra orders from China to Vietnam, however there was much less of them attributable to Covid-19 security measures on the border.
Dang Phuc Nguyen, normal secretary of Vietnam Greens and Fruit Affiliation, stated that the extended blockage may cut back the costs of fruit like jackfruit, mango, watermelon and dragon fruit.
This might find yourself lowering Vietnam’s agriculture exports to China by 30-40 % this yr, he added.
A number of exporters stated they have been seeking to different markets to distribute their items.