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  • 27 September 2021

The Ministry of Transport sets up a team to check seaport rates

The Ministry of Transport has just decided to set up two working groups to inspect and review service charges at seaports and international and domestic sea freight rates in Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, and Ho Chi Minh City.

According to the decision of the Minister of Transport, the working groups to inspect and review service charges at seaports and freight rates in Hai Phong and Quang Ninh include members from the Vietnam Maritime Administration, Department of Finance, Department of Legal Affairs (Ministry of Transport), Port Authority of Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, led by Mr. Nguyen Hoang, Deputy Director of Vietnam Maritime Administration.

The working group to inspect and review service charges at seaports and freight rates in Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh City, is led by Mr. Nguyen Dinh Viet, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

These two working groups will work with relevant agencies and businesses to inspect and review service charges at seaports and international and domestic sea freight rates at Cai Mep – Thi Vai ports (Vung Tau area), Ho Chi Minh City, Lach Huyen port, Dinh Vu, Chua Ve (Hai Phong) and Quang Ninh.

The establishment of working groups to review and examine the application of service prices in maritime activities was carried out in the context of global container freight rates on routes to Europe and the US continuously increasing since the end of the year 2020 and shows no sign of decreasing.

Specifically, this is the sea freight segment from Vietnam to the New York area seaport (USA). Before September 2020, the freight rate for each 40-foot container is only 2,800 – 3,000 USD/container. After September 2021, the freight rate has increased to 14,000 USD/container.

Freight owners who do not have a long-term contract with a shipping line must make a reservation through a forwarding agent with spot prices on the same leg up to nearly US$20,000/container.

Previously, the Vietnam Maritime Administration had written a request to the port authorities to manage container ship activities. It requested container shipping lines to provide and update information on freight rates and surcharges for international container transport and shipping inland by sea on container transport routes originating from the seaport area managed by the port authority.