News and updates about Asean Logistics Sector
Vietnamese logistics cost high, uncompetitive

The weakness of Vietnamese logistics firms is high and uncompetitive costs, some services’ quality is not high while there is a severe competitiveness in the logistics market, according to Vietnam Logistics Association (VLA).
Another important reason for the slow development of Vietnamese logistics firms is that most of goods have been exported under FOB (free on board) term and imported under CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) term.
Logistics field posts the growth rate of 15-16 percent a year. The revenue of 100 leading logistics firms in Vietnam reaches US$8.74 billion with the growth rate of 15.6 percent a year.
At present, the country has 3,000 logistics firms operating in fields such as road transport, railway, seaway, inland waterway, goods verification and cargo loading and unloading.
They undertake part of international logistics service by acting as agencies for foreign firms who are cargo or vessel owners and international logistics providers.
By GIA BAO – Translated by Hai Mien

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Vietnam, EU reiterate commitment to trade, investment deals

The Vietnamese Government and the European Commission (EC) have pledged to carry out the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) in a timely and effective manner.

The Vietnamese Government and the European Commission (EC) have pledged to carry out the EVFTA and the IPA in a timely and effective manner (Source: VNA)

The commitment is expressed in a joint statement issued by Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Cecilia Malmström following their meeting on October 19 in Brussels on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM 12).

The statement said the Vietnamese Government is preparing plans to fulfill obligations under the free trade agreements while the EC stands ready to support the necessary reforms and adjustments through technical assistance.

Both sides acknowledged the relevance of the trade and sustainable development chapter of the FTA and agreed to jointly promote initiatives in this field, including the ratification of the outstanding fundamental ILO conventions.

At their meeting, both sides spoke highly of the efforts and advancement made after completing the legal review process for the two free trade pacts last summer. The Vietnamese minister lauded the European Commission for its approval and submission of the deals to the European Council for approval on October 17.

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