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Abandoned containers causing chaos at Vietnam ports

Hanoi: A large number of idle containers at seaports across Vietnam are creating problems limiting storage areas, incurring expense and creating difficulties in inventory management, Vietnam Maritime Administration (Vinamarine) under the Ministry of Transport has warned.

According to the administration, more than 5,400 containers and more than 1,300 parcels were in stock at the country’s seaports at the end of August last year. Most of the goods are used rubber tyres, clothing, electrical devices, electric goods, frozen food and scrap.

Nguyen Nhat, Vinamarine director, said some containers at the Hai Phong seaport had been kept in storage for the last five to 10 years. More than 1,000 containers out of 5,000 at the seaport had remained in storage since 2006.

Nhat explained that the goods inside the idle containers are listed for re-export to China or other countries, however, the goods has failed to be exported due to China’s strict policies regarding re-exported goods.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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