Prime Minister: Boost agricultural exports to China by rail

The Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Transport to focus on implementing solutions to modernize the railway system and enhance the capacity of transporting goods by rail in order to increase the export volume of agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products to China.


Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has just signed Dispatch No. 13 on strengthening logistics connectivity to promote consumption and export of agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products.

The dispatch emphasizes that the logistics system infrastructure plays a very important role in the overall economy and the development of agriculture and rural areas in particular. However, compared to the current production capacity and potential advantages of agriculture, the logistics system remains a bottleneck in connecting production and bringing agricultural products to the domestic and international markets in general, especially the markets of neighboring countries such as China.

According to the Prime Minister, in the current context, the completion of the logistics system infrastructure serving domestic production, consumption, and export is of great significance and needs to be identified as one of the key tasks in the development of agriculture and rural areas.

Exporting litchi to China by railway.

The Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to expeditiously complete the submission of the project “Developing a high-quality and competitive logistics service system for Vietnamese agricultural products until 2030, with a vision to 2050” for consideration and approval.

The Government leaders assigned MARD to take the lead in coordinating with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to concretize the contents of the Vietnam-China Joint Statement and the signed cooperation documents on agricultural cooperation, market opening for agricultural products, and promotion of diversification of traditional distribution channels through wholesale markets and agricultural product logistics service centers between the two countries.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment is responsible for coordinating with relevant ministries, agencies, and localities to review and balance the allocation of funds for the development of transportation infrastructure and infrastructure for agricultural product logistics centers; guiding enterprises and cooperatives in implementing mechanisms and policies related to the development of agricultural product logistics services, investing in the construction of agricultural product logistics centers.

The Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Finance to coordinate with MARD in exchanging with the General Administration of Customs of China to build and expand the pilot model of smart border gates integrated with origin tracing control.

The Ministry of Transport is tasked with organizing solutions to modernize the railway system and enhance the transportation capacity of agricultural, forestry, and aquatic products by railway for export to China. In the near future, the ministry should agree on technical standards and connect the railway system at the Lao Cai border gate (Lao Cai province) to facilitate the transportation of goods by railway at this border gate.

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