Vietnam’s Ministry of Commerce is appealing to Chinese authorities to alleviate congestion at the border crossing.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Commerce has asked China’s Guangxi authorities to take urgent measures to alleviate congestion at border crossings after China tightened its border controls with neighbors to disobey COVID-19 policies, state media reported.
Photos and video footage from the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) have shown that thousands of trucks were detained at the border after reports that imported COVID-19 cases had been detected in Guangxi province.
“Antivirus prevention measures applied by Guangxi under the ‘zero COVID’ policies, including the closing of border gates or the halting of fruit imports, is over necessary, ”VNA reported, citing a statement from the Ministry of Commerce.
“This disruption caused [a] negative impact on bilateral trade and huge losses for businesses and people on both sides. ”
Guangxi trade officials said in response that they would extend the duration of customs clearance and pass on other proposals to higher authorities, according to the report.
China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner, and the largest market for its fruits and vegetables.
Trade turnover of agricultural products between the two countries in the first 11 months of 2021 increased by 19.5 percent compared to the same period last year to $ 11.3 billion, official data showed.