Seeking Solutions to Connect Cargo Flow with Cai Mep Area

10:35:42 AM | 16/7/2021

Saigon Newport Corporation recently held an online customer workshop on “Solutions to Connect Cargo Flow with Cai Mep Area”, which focused on approaches to connect supply chains for imported and exported commodities. The event was attended by speakers from the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP), and nearly 1,000 attendees from different online platforms.

The complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic and maritime incidents exerted adverse impacts on the global supply chain. A series of matters of concern such as volatile freight rates, shortage of empty containers, and temporary supply disruptions that hindered Vietnam’s economic development and logistics development were discussed.

As the largest deep-water ports in Vietnam, TCIT and TCTT in Cai Mep - Thi Vai Area play an important role in freight circulation between Vietnam and major markets in the world such as North America, Europe and Asia. Carrying import and export flows through Cai Mep Area is becoming the trend of the future.

Mr. Truong Tan Loc, Marketing Director of SNP, presented the opening keynote speech: “Export and import development trend through Cai Mep Port Area and necessary preparations for enterprises”. Current shortages of the global supply chain, like insufficient empty spaces on ships, high freight rates, port congestion, and waiting and delayed ships in major ports around the world, have also affected port and ICD operations in the south of Vietnam when ships are late, waiting and overbooked, giving rise to high inventories at ports. This was attributed to three factors at the online workshop: COVID-19 pandemic, maritime incidents and growing global import and export from the third quarter of 2020. Besides, cargo throughput via Cai Mep port area kept rising strongly over the years. What interested attendees was suggestions for businesses in the current context. The speakers focused on three groups of solutions for importers and exporters, shipping lines, and ports and ICDs.

At the seminar, Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the Import and Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, delivered a speech on “Vision on Southeast ICD development to connect with Cai Mep port area", saying that the seaport planning in 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050, is aimed to carry out plans to enhance port development investment outcomes in Vietnam to ensure synchronization and uniformity in seaport investment and operation; synchronize infrastructure development for seaports and traffic routes, port operations with related port services. The vision also targets to strengthen sectoral and regional linkages in seaport development so as to economically use national resources and reduce logistics costs.

He said that Cai Mep Port Complex is always firmly expected by the government to reach the regional class by 2030, compete on par with peers in Singapore and become a world-class seaport hub by 2045. To compete with ports in the region, Cai Mep must become a transshipment terminal complex, he stressed. And to achieve that goal, Cai Mep must perform well its function as a gateway port for the Southern Key Economic Region.

Regarding solutions to connect Tan Cang - Long Binh ICD and Tan Cang - Nhon Trach ICD with Cai Mep Port Area, Ms. Do Thu Huong, Deputy Marketing Director of SNP, analyzed rising market demands: Cai Mep growth, cargo throughput in Cai Mep Port Area in the last five years and forecast, Dong Nai - Binh Duong market: Export growth of woodwork, apparel, footwear and electronics to the United States and Europe. She thus pointed out the current status of ICDs and introduced solutions for Long Binh ICD/Nhon Trach ICD to upgrade infrastructure, improve working processes to boost throughput capacity of seaports and ICDs in the system. Saigon Newport Corporation developed services of receiving, storing and transporting import and export goods at Long Binh ICD and Nhon Trach ICD. The firm continued to raise service quality and cargo transport capacity in the SNP system. SNP has a long-term development plan for a new port and ICD facilities to meet future import and export growth.

In addition, the workshop helped customers share their experiences after using services and solutions from SNP. The event also answered questions directly from customers and online viewers to gain the trust of viewers and maintain SNP’s reputation and foundation of “Top quality, customer-oriented service.”

Source: Vietnam Business Forum