|Outside of the Long Bien inland container depot (ICD) (Photo: VNA)|
Hanoi – Hanoi plans to turn Long Bien inland container depot (ICD) into a modern logistics centre with a complete chain to meet the increasing demand for logistics services.
A representative of Hateco, the investor and operator of the Long Bien ICD, said this dry port has a total area of 120,000 sq.m operating 24/7 with a capacity of receiving more than 100 container trucks at the same time. It has warehouses, a distribution centre for goods and an express delivery centre.
The Long Bien ICD is also recognised as a customs clearance location for export and import of goods. Imported goods will be transported directly to Long Bien ICD and open declarations to help businesses save time, optimise costs, reduce contact points and congestion at seaports.
Accordingly, goods are imported through international road border gates, international railway stations, international airports and seaports and then transferred from the border gate to the Long Bien ICD for customs clearance. They are goods on the list of imported goods subject to customs procedures at the import border gate, excluding aircraft, yachts; gasoline; explosive precursors and industrial explosives.
The Ministry of Finance said with a convenient location for traffic, the Long Bien ICD connects to a system of seaports, airports, and land border gates from north to south and is located 100km from Hai Phong port, 122km from Lach Huyen port, 26km from Noi Bai International Airport, and 126km from the Chinese border.
It is also a gateway to key industrial zones in the North with convenient traffic and is easy to connect with many northern provinces and cities such as Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh and Thai Nguyen.
This will be a lever to reduce pressure on seaports and border gates, turning the Long Bien ICD into a centralised point for handling all logistics services according to the needs of businesses.
According to the Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA), in recent years the logistics industry growth rate has reached about 14-16 percent to 20-22 billion USD per year, accounting for nearly 20.9 percent of the national GDP.
Despite the high growth rate, logistics costs account for a large proportion in the product cost structure. For example, Chairman of Minh Phu Group Le Van Quang said that transporting a container from Vietnam to Japan costs 16 million VND, but from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi costs 80 million VND.
Logistics is one of the factors that determines the import and export competitiveness of Vietnam. Therefore, if logistics services including warehousing, order processing and transportation, are not linked, costs will increase, affecting the competitiveness of enterprises.
With complete infrastructure and diversified services at the Long Bien ICD, businesses distributing high-value goods, cross-border e-commerce goods and raw materials such as high-end fashion, cosmetics, production accessories and plastic resins will reduce logistics costs.
This is also the premise for Hateco to develop cross-border e-commerce logistics and retail services.
Nguồn: Vietnam Investment Review