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HCMC pursues plans to become logistics center by 2025

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HCMC At a workshop held by the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade in the city on Tuesday, officials discussed plans to make logistics a key offering in HCMC to reduce cargo transport costs for the entire country.

Though neighboring provinces are currently exporting many key products, the city aims to maintain its lead as the countrys economic growth engine by becoming a logistics hub, reported Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

The departments deputy director, Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, said that the municipal government is devising a strategy to turn logistics into a key service industry for the city and region, which is expected to reduce Vietnams logistics costs to 16% of gross domestic product by 2025.

However, according to Hoa, this major challenge requires the city to have adequate infrastructure and to improve the scale and quality of logistics services.

The city government has asked the Vietnam Logistics Research and Development Institute (VLI) to design a logistics development scheme.

The official said that the scheme will be developed based on the principle of regional connectivity. It also aims to build technical infrastructure for the establishment of three logistics centers in line with a Government master plan approved in 2015.

The scheme also targets increasing the number of firms that use outsourced logistics services with specialization to reduce their transportation costs and enhance their competitiveness.

The scheme will present a regional integration strategy for logistics development. It will determine the locations and scale of logistics centers and offer solutions to improve quality and expand the provision scope of logistics services,he said.

To Thi Hang, an official from VLI, told the participants that there are 12 inland container depots in the southern part of the country, of which the new depots are large and offer packaged services.

She noted that these depots are somewhat similar to a logistics hub connected with inland waterways and close to seaports. However, they are still too far from the sources of goods.

Southern Vietnam will have 31 new inland container depots, with 24 of them in the northeastern part of HCMC, according to a 2018 decision by the Transport Ministry.

By 2030, there will be eight depots with a total area of 102 to 137 hectares in HCMC, and these facilities will have a combined cargo capacity of 1.38 million to 1.89 million containers.

Six depots are currently located in the city, but five of them are set to be relocated or are running beyond their designed capacities.

A VLI survey found that most of the citys ports were facing obstacles, such as overloaded infrastructure, severe traffic congestion, unhealthy competition, a lack of connectivity due to their small scale and weak domestic connectivity.

A number of local ports are situated in the inner and suburban parts of the city, so they cannot be expanded. The development of port services was also found to be sluggish, leading to delays in cargo transportation.

The survey indicated that from a corporate perspective, the future logistics hub would need to be located in the region of Thu Duc District and District 9 in eastern HCMC, due to its convenient traffic infrastructure and its location next to key neighboring manufacturing provinces.

 

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The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – At a workshop held by the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade in the city on Tuesday, officials discussed plans to make logistics a key offering in HCMC to reduce cargo transport costs for the entire country.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:45


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