Tân Thanh Border Gate, Lạng Sơn Province. - Photo tapchicongthuong.vn
HÀ NỘI - The Import and Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade urged firms to closely watch exports of agricultural products to China to prevent goods getting stuck at border gates before and after the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday.
Exports to China via border gates in northern provinces of Lạng Sơn, Lào Cai, Quảng Ninh and Cao Bằng often increased significantly in weeks before and after Tết, especially exports of agricultural products, food and fruits, the department said.
The department also asked provincial departments of industry and trade to provide updated information about exports via border gates to firms and farmers, so they could be proactive in adjusting their production and transportation plans.
Other measures such as increasing working time and adding more staff on peak days could be considered.
According to Trần Quốc Toản, the department’s Deputy Director, preventing congestion at border gates was very important to ensure goods' quality as well as to avoid damage to firms and farmers.
Toản said that local departments of industry and trade, and agriculture and rural development should regularly check farming production in term of areas, yields, output and quality to make adjustments to ensure supply-demand balance.
The purchase of locally-produced agricultural products by both foreign and domestic traders must be monitored closely, he said.
In addition, it was important to ensure the volume of goods transported via border gates must be in accordance with the actual customs clearance capacity.
He added that the industry and trade ministry was cooperating with relevant agencies to speed up the development of infrastructure in the northern region.
In the long term, Toản said that firms needed to cooperate with each other in production to prevent overproduction and prices from falling.
Market studies should also be carried out, especially about quality criteria and market tastes.
Customs statistics showed that exports of agricultural products to China totalled US$6.31 billion in January-November.
China was Việt Nam’s largest market for agricultural products, accounting for 27 per cent of the country’s total agro-fishery export revenue. -- VNS