Thousands of trucks carrying agricultural products, mainly fruit, are still stuck at the main border gate on the Vietnam-China border as Beijing authorities tighten import restriction measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Covid pandemic.
In a report sent from Lang Son yesterday, January 7, 2022, the AFP news agency said that thousands of tons of dragon fruit, jackfruit, mango, and other agricultural products have so far not been transported through the Huu Nghi border gate and are rotting. Some drivers said they have been waiting here for days, even months.
Actually, the Huu Nghi border gate in Lang Son is not completely closed, but only a few trucks can pass, for example, on Thursday, January 6, 2022, only about 100 vehicles can pass through this border gate to China.
Earlier in the week, the Lang Son provincial government issued a notice advising businesses to stop sending goods to Huu Nghi border gate for export to China until the end of the month. They explain the congestion of agricultural products at the Vietnam-China border is due to the Beijing government enforcing stricter epidemic control measures for people and vehicles entering the country, within the framework of the policy of “zero Covid.” Some local authorities in China also claim to have detected traces of the Covid-19 virus on dragon fruit imported from Vietnam.
According to domestic media, last night, January 7, the government of Quang Tay province, China announced that it would reopen the Binh Mang border gate (called Soc Giang in Vietnam) in Cao Bang province, after reopening Long Bang – Tra Linh border gate also in this province.
But Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade warned earlier this week that the congestion of agricultural products at the Vietnam-China border could last until the Lunar New Year.