Vietnam: Number of scrap containers stuck at ports reduced by half
As many as 10,102 scrap containers were held up at Vietnamese ports as of mid-September, a fall of 10,852 containers as compared to the end of 2018, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
The reduction is attributable to the strong instruction and drastic measures taken by relevant ministries and agencies.
In a bid to effectively handle the huge backlog of imported scrap, the customs force and the Ministry of Finance recommended the Government to issue a coordination mechanism to control imported scrap at border gates and ports nationwide.
With toxic waste and scrap which fail to meet Vietnam’s import requirement, the finance ministry suggested the Government to require their shipping companies to transport the batches out of Vietnamese territory within 30 days after receiving notice from the Vietnam Customs.
In case the companies do not follow the notice, the Ministry of Transport should take coercion measures or even stop granting permission for ships to enter or leave Vietnamese ports.