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Online transport trade site flops

Update: May, 05/2016 - 10:30
The Transport Ministry called on municipal People’s Committees, transport firms and relevant agencies to promote VinaTrucking, the first e-commerce transport trading floor in Việt Nam.— Photo ictnews.vn/

HÀ NỘI – The Transport Ministry called on municipal People’s Committees, transport firms and relevant agencies to promote VinaTrucking, the first e-commerce transport trading floor in Việt Nam.

VinaTrucking was launched by the ministry late last year, aiming to allow transport companies, logistics service providers and commodities owners to post information about services and commodities.

The ministry also urged financial and tax agencies to boost price management to ensure economical and transparent transport prices, Giao thông (Transport) newspaper reported.

Over the last four months of operation, the floor registered 473 members including 326 transport service providers, 97 commodity owners and 50 guests. More than 500 trips were posted on the floor, recording 219 attempted transactions of which only 36 were successful, the VinaTrucking Director General Tạ Công Thuận said.

Thuận said that the floor helped connect transport firms and commodity owners and cut the number of empty trucks on roads, reducing transport costs.

However, Thuận said that transport firms were not as interested in the transport trading floor as finding few clients.

“VinaTrucking is still quite new in Việt Nam, so both goods owners and transport service providers are cautious to find partners, resulting in few successful transactions,” Thuận said.

They visited the online trading floor mostly to check prices, he said.

Thuận said that many transport firms and goods owners were still unaware of VinaTrucking.

Đỗ Công Thủy, vice head of Transport Department under the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam, said that VinaTrucking operators need to attract more goods owners to the trading floor.

Nguyễn Công, director of a container transport firm in northern Hải Phòng City said that finding goods that needed to be transported was key to increasing the effectiveness of VinaTrucking.

He said at present, almost all transport deals between transport service providers and goods owners were done in traditional ways.

“So, it’s not easy to make such transactions online,” Công said, adding that Government’s assistance was needed to boost the e-commerce trading floor. — VNS

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