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Vietnam’s government to facilitate handling of scrap piled up at ports

Updated at Friday, 01 Feb 2019, 09:44
The Hanoitimes - An overlapping of legal procedures and the lack of cooperation between government agencies are reasons behind a piling up of huge number of containers of scrap materials at Vietnam’s seaports, the governmental portal reported.
Vietnam’s government would facilitate the handling of more than 24,000 scrap containers piling up in ports after the Lunar New Year holiday, according to Mai Tien Dung, minister of the Government Office. 
Illustrative photo.
Illustrative photo.
The slow progress in custom clearance of containers of scrap materials has led to a buildup of huge number at Vietnam’s seaports, causing major disruption in production for enterprises, particularly small and medium ones, Dung said at the government’s monthly press briefing on January 31. 

This situation has forced many businesses to temporarily suspend their operation or even face bankruptcy due to a shortage of necessary crap materials

Moreover, the inventory costs of keeping these containers at ports are also a major issue for enterprises, ranging from US$600,000 – 800,000 per day, Dung added.

Dung pointed to the overlapping of legal procedures and the lack of cooperation between government agencies as reasons behind this issue. 

The minister said while Vietnam is tightening rules on imports of environmentally harmful scrap and waste, scrap qualified for environmental standards must be swiftly cleared to ensure enterprises operation. 

In 2019, the government would step up efforts in supporting enterprises through the removal of obsolete and inefficient business conditions, so that the private sector continues to grow and contributes to the economic development. 

With regard to the scrap issue, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh admitted that government agencies should be more flexible in dealing with sensitive issues and better support enterprises. 
Ngoc Thuy
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