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HCMC to restrict light trucks in daytime to ease congestionLe Anh The heavy presence of light trucks on Truong Son Street near the Tan Son Nhat International Airport is partly to blame for traffic congestion in the airport area - PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport will restrict light trucks travelling on inner-city roads in the daytime in an effort to ease worsening traffic congestion. At a first-half review conference on traffic safety in HCMC last Friday, the HCMC Traffic Safety Board said congestion had worsened on many streets at rush hours, especially those leading to the city, passing through the city center and leading to key ports. Congestion is a usual sight on Dong Van Cong Street in District 2 due to a huge number of trucks traveling to and out from Cat Lai Port. Huynh Trung Phong, head of the HCMC Police Department’s Road and Railway Traffic Police Division, said large numbers of light trucks and increasingly huge armies of Uber and Grab taxis are to blame for severe congestion on many roads at peak hours. Congestion is also caused by less-than-five-ton trucks at noon when they are allowed to transport goods to restaurants, hotels and small manufacturing enterprises, said Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the city’s Department of Transport. In 37 areas highly prone to traffic congestion last year, 25 have seen some positive improvement, and 10 have still faced traffic congestion. Phong said a huge number of newly registered vehicles is another reason for rising traffic congestion in…... [read more]

Reporter To Tuan (R) and the family of patriarch Ho Van Hanh of the Pa Ko hamlet in A Luoi, Thua Thien Hue.  The Pa Ko group includes about 50,000 people, living in the Huong Hoa and Dakrong districts of Quang Tri province and in the A Luoi district of Thua Thien-Hue. They live commingling with the Co Tu, Ta Oi, and Van Kieu and share many similarities in production and costumes. But the Pa Ko have their own language which they use to retell stories of their history.  Ho Van Hanh, patriarch of Pa Ko hamlet in Hong Trung commune, A Luoi district, said “Legends say that the Pa Ko ancestors didn’t live in the Truong Son range but on the plain of Thua Thien-Hue province. The Pa Ko lost in a citadel building contest and had to move to the mountains. The Pa Ko living in multiple places have maintained their customs.” The Pa Ko, whose name means “the people of the mountains”, live in hamlets of 5 to 10 stilt houses made of wood, bamboo, and leaves. People in a hamlet belong to the same clan. A long stilt house has partitions to separate the living space of several households. The houses are built surrounding a large field which is the center of the village. There they plant a tall pillar which is decorated as a Neu tree at festivals. Community activities…... [read more]

Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. Rows of shipping truchs from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces.  A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined vinatrucking.com for a short time but there were not any successful trips for us because customers…... [read more]

Rows of shipping truchs from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined…... [read more]

A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VND5 million (US$222) to VND3.2 million (US$142) after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuận expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined vinatrucking.com for a short time but there were not any successful trips for us because customers paid attention only to long trips, like from the north to the south. For other short-distance trips, like HCM City to Binh Duong Province, customers didn’t care,” Lam Dai Vinh, director of Lam…... [read more]

Rows of shipping trucks from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have had a hard time attracting customers. “I joined…... [read more]

Online transport services that connect inter-provincial transport companies have reduced costs and helped reduce pollution by having fewer trucks on the road. Rows of shipping trucks from the Saigon New Port Corp in HCM City to nearby provinces. - VNA/VNS Photo The Anh A transport company in HCM City, for example, said its trucks carrying construction materials to Binh Phuoc Province had cut the price from VNĐ5 million (US$222) to VNĐ3.2 million after negotiating with customers on the website www.vinatrucking.com. “Our website aims to create a place where truck owners and customers who have demand to transport their goods can meet. The two sides can negotiate directly through our website,” Ta Cong Thuan, director of online transport service Vinatrucking, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our website, many customers have saved a lot on transport expenditures while truck owners can increase their efficiency by loading goods in both directions,” Thuan added. Thuan expected that the number of successful transactions would increase, reducing the number of trucks on the road. “Once the transaction has been planned, it can be applied to both goods and passenger transport,” Le Minh Tu, CEO of Aleka, another online transport service, said. Tu plans to offer online services for customers who want to rent a bus. The website will have information about expenditures and the proper bus. Despite the potential, the services have…... [read more]

This is the traffic situation on Truong Son Street, which leads to Tan Son Nhat, Vietnam’s biggest airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Truong Son Street usually receives high traffic volumes from Pham Van Dong and Bach Dang streets, so gridlock has been the story of its life for years. "Traffic will paralyze every single time there are more trucks or cars than usual on the streets near Tan Son Nhat. Today it takes me more than 40 minutes to go from Thu Duc District to Tan Binh District, twice the normal time,” said a xe om (motorbike taxi) driver named Nam. Early this month, a new overpass costing VND242 billion ($10.6 million) was opened ovver Truong Son Street, allowing cars and buses to go straight to the domestic and international terminals. But the ugly truth here is that it has not helped to ease the gridlock. “Only people who need to go to the airport use the overpass, but everyone else on Truong Son Street is still stuck,” a local named Thanh Thao said. This man had no chance of reaching the overpass, so he decided to walk to the airport. “I transport goods near Tan Son Nhat airport every day, but today it's taken almost an hour to move four kilometers, said truck driver Phan Van Che.” These drivers have resorted to the sidewalk. Another overpass costing VND504 billion is being built near Tan Son Nhat. But Bui Xuan Cuong, the director of Saigon’s transport department, agrees that these bridges will not solve the…... [read more]

Statistics show Vietnam’s export earnings are estimated at US$9.6 billion and its import value at US$10.8 billion. Experts explained businesses focused on production to meet export orders before the lunar New Year that fell in late January. Businesses resumed production again in February, fuelling material import demands. Products with high import value include clothing, iron and steel, electronics, computers and components, and garment and footwear accessories. Mobile phone handsets and accessories topped the list of export items, bringing back US$1.6 billion, closely followed by garments (US$1.3 billion). These are two of Vietnam’s leading export items. Despite February’s high deficit, the national economy has still maintained a trade surplus of US$244 million in the past two months. Vietnam earned US$21.06 billion from exports, up 12.3%, and purchased US$20.82 billion worth of imports, up 17%, in two months. The foreign direct investment (FDI) sector enjoyed a trade surplus of nearly US$2.1 billion, while the domestic economic sector showed a deficit of nearly US$1.9 billion.... [read more]

The northern Lao Cai province’s Customs agency reported that there are approximately 200 trucks transporting goods from Vietnam to China and vice versa every day. Vietnam’s major export items include rice, cassava, watermelon and various other types of farm produce which earned US$89.6 million, up 98.2%. Imports from China include coal, fertilizers, chemicals, machinery, and equipment valued at US$129.8 million in total, up 52.1%. Notably, export value from 157,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rice to China in the first five months of this year hit around US$96 million. Nguyen Quyet Chien, head of the Lao Cai customs department, attributed the rising trade value between Vietnam and China to simplified procedures for import-export activity which were implemented on May 8, reducing customs clearance times by a third.... [read more]




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