HA NOI - Thousands of containers holding goods are lying unused at seaports across the country, limiting the storage area, incurring expenses for preserving goods and creating difficulties in inventory management.
This has been brought to light by the Viet Nam Maritime Administration (Vinamarine) under the Ministry of Transport.
At the end of August last year, more than 5,400 containers and more than 1,300 parcels were in stock at the country's seaports, according to Vinamarine.
More than 5,000 containers were kept in the Hai Phong port, with the Quang Ninh port holding 52 containers, the Da Nang seaport keeping 99 and the HCM City seaport holding 177 containers and more than 1,300 parcels.
Most of the goods are used rubber tyres, clothing, electrical devices, electric goods, frozen food and scrap.
Nguyen Nhat, Vinamarine director, said some containers at the Hai Phong seaport had been kept in storage for the last five to 10 years. More than 1,000 containers out of 5,000 at the seaport had remained in storage since 2006.
The reasons for this problem are that the goods are listed for re-export. They are taken to the Hai Phong seaport and then re-exported to China or other countries, but China has strict policies governing re-exported goods received via border posts so these goods cannot be exported, Nhat explained.