- News in Vietnam
- 27 September 2021
Hiep Phuoc Port stops rice packing service
The rice packing service at the barge port of Tan Cang Hiep Phuoc has stopped working because a worker has Covid-19 since August 25.
The Import-Export Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade) said that on August 25, Tan Cang Hiep Phuoc port temporarily suspended the service of packing and withdrawing rice at the barge port due to a worker infected with Covid-19. As expected, this activity will resume operation at the earliest until the middle of September 2021.
Thus, only Wharf 125 Tan Cang Cat Lai and Tan Cang Nhon Trach port are still in operation to serve rice by the container. However, the packing capacity of these two ports is lower than the last time, affecting the progress of rice exports, at least until the end of September 2021.
Hiep Phuoc Port is a satellite port of Cai Mep port system in the logistics service supply system of Saigon Newport, where the collection, gathering, and clearance of agricultural products, general department stores… in the northern area. South of Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces. Therefore, the Import-Export Department said that stopping this port of rice packing service will cause many difficulties for exporters, especially rice products in the current period.
According to the Import-Export Department, in Can Tho, Tan Cang Thot Not Port has not yet reopened. The volume of goods being locally congested at this port as of August 26, 2021, is 6,000 tons, equivalent to about 300 unpacked containers.
It is expected that on the morning of August 27, the Ministry of Transport will dialogue with maritime businesses in the area to grasp problems at Tan Cang Thot Not, New Cang Cai Cui, and agree on a timely solution.
Previously, Saigon Newport Corporation sent a notice to customers, agents, and required shipping lines from August 27, when people entered Cat Lai and Hiep Phuoc ports to have a negative PCR test or a quick test within 72 hours.
Previously on August 24, Tan Cang Hiep Phuoc Join Stock Company signed Notice No. 280/TCHP-TB sent to agents, shipping lines, and customers using the service of loading and unloading rice at the port’s barge port. On the suspension of receiving the rice packing and unpacking service at the barge wharf from August 25 until further notice to ensure service quality and safety for epidemic prevention and control.