Overloaded trucks advised to cull cargo
HA NOI (VNS)— Dozens of trucks overloaded with wood have been stuck at the La Lay border gate in central Quang Tri Province for three weeks.
Nguyen Van Long, a customs official at the border gate said that as many as 73 trucks had queued up for nearly one kilometre in front of the border gate since July 25.
Border authorities have told the drivers to unload part of their cargo before they can get a customs clearance.
He said they would not be allowed to proceed unless they complied with the order.
However, reports say the border gate area is not big enough to store all the wood.
Nguyen Huu Tho, a truck driver said his truck had been stuck for more than 10 days.
"The owner of the wood told me to unload the cargo and get a clearance, but there is no place to do the job," he said.
Nguyen Huu Dung, vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said that the committee was working with relevant departments and sectors to solve the problem.
He said the 12-km-long road from the border gate to HCM City was built years ago and could only handle trucks with loads of less than 18 tonnes.
"These trucks are really heavy. If they get customs clearance and pass on this road, they will damage it," he said.
To solve the problem, the People's Committee has told border officials to quickly find an area for the truck to unload.
He predicted the traffic jam at the border would disappear in the next few days. — VNS