Lach Huyen International Port in Hai Phong. (Photo: VNA)
The northern border gates have been restored after three years of stagnation, helping Vietnam‘s import-export turnover with China through the northern border provinces increase by 242% in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year.
The General Department of Customs said that the total import and export turnover with China across the northern border reached nearly 9.3 billion USD in the first quarter of this year, up nearly three times over the same period last year.
In the northern border provinces, most of the border gates that were closed in the last months of last year due to the Chinese implementation of measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic have now become busy again.
Preliminary statistics from the Lang Son Customs Department showed that border-gate customs units have received and processed 23,985 sets of import and export declarations with a turnover of 622.44 million USD by the end of March 14, an increase of 54.5% over the same period last year.
In which, the number of export goods declarations registered by enterprises with 10,560 sets of declarations, valued at 284.38 million USD, an increase of 348.9% year-on-year.
In Cao Bang, import and export turnover through the locality also grew sharply, up to 60%, reaching 69.5 million USD. Notably, export turnover rose by 214%.
Import and export turnover through Lao Cai international border gate reached nearly 186 million USD in the first three months of this year.
Of this figure, exports reached 92.4 million USD, up 90.1% over the same period last year. Imports reached 93.2 million USD, up 15.2%.
Notably, agricultural products are still the main export products, reaching a turnover of more than 71 million USD, up 63.2% year-on-year and accounting for 76.8% of export turnover.
Similarly, the Mong Cai Border Gate Customs Sub-Department under the Quang Ninh Customs Department revealed statistics that the total import-export turnover hit 504.96 million USD in the past three months; a 102.01% increase in declarations.
Particularly, export goods of border residents grew by 288.96% in declarations and 134.86% in turnover over the same period last year.
In order to have this positive result, the customs offices located in these localities have made great efforts to coordinate with the functional forces to carry out customs procedures, inspect and supervise goods quickly to facilitate business timely delivery to the partner’s side.
Some provinces have reached agreements with the neighbouring country’s localities to increase the working time of the day to support businesses, said Bui Minh Hai, a representative from the Customs Supervision and Management Department under the General Department of Vietnam Customs, told Vietnam Financial Times (Thoi bao Tai chinh Vietnam).
Despite many positives, it is undeniable that the import and export results with this important partner have not reached the same pace as before.
Part of the cause was determined to be due to side gates, as the openings are still frozen.
Hoang Duc Hau, Deputy Director of the Cao Bang Customs Department, said that the locality had many border gates, but the side border gates and openings still did not have import and export activities, therefore, they could not promote the strengths of a province that has many border gates adjacent to China.
So are Lang Son, Lao Cai and Quang Ninh, although the authorities have created maximum convenience for import and export activities in the area, but in order to further strengthen the customs clearance capacity, many recommended that localities needed to step up exchanges and talks at all levels with the Chinese side to restore side border gates and extend the working time of the functional forces on the Chinese side at border gates./.