The Ministry of Transport has set up two working groups to inspect and review all types of maritime service charges.
|Containers at Tan Cang-Cat Lai Port. Photo: Le Toan |
The Minister of Transport has just signed Decision No.1673, 1677/QĐ-GTVT on the establishment of two working groups to inspect and review service charges as well as international and domestic shipping freight rates at seaports in Haiphong, Quang Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Accordingly, the working group in charge of the areas of Haiphong and Quang Ninh are led by Nguyen Hoang, deputy director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration (VMA). Meanwhile, Nguyen Dinh Viet, also deputy director of the VMA, will be responsible for the working group in Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City.
Members of the two working groups consist of the VMA, Department of Finance, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Transport; port authority leaders of Haiphong, Quang Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the VMA, in the first eight months, the volume of goods passing through the seaport reached 481.6 million tonnes (excluding transit goods not handled at ports), up 4 per cent on-year. Containerised cargo volume through seaports reached 16,699,000 TEUs, up 18 per cent on-year.
Due to the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the south, the freight volume in August experienced the largest drop ever. Specifically, the volume of goods through ports reached nearly 60 million tonnes, down 9 per cent against July.
The number of ships flying foreign flags through the country reached 43,269 turns, an increase of 9 per cent on-year. The number of ships flying the Vietnamese flag reached 43,599, up 2 per cent on-year. The number of passages by inland waterway vessels reached 239,693, down 5 per cent on-year.