Domestic terminals welcome first cargo of 2023

Sunday, 01/01/2023 20:30
Three terminal branches of Hai Phong Port JSC in the northern port city of Hai Phong on January 1 welcomed first cargo of 2023, reported Vietnam News Agency.
At Tan Vu terminal branch (Photo: VNA)

This is one of its annual traditional activities to stimulate production and trade in the beginning of the new year.

The first cargo at Tan Vu terminal branch were from Maersk Line’s Nordmaas vessel. Meanwhile, container cargo and bulk cargo arrived at Chua Ve and Hoang Dieu terminal branches, respectively.

Last year, Hai Phong port developed two new service routes of Cosco and Zym shipping lines connecting Hai Phong with China. In January 2023, the port is expected to welcome one more service route of Maersk Line, bringing the total number of service routes connecting to the port to 17.

At 0am on January 1, Da Nang Port JSC also held a ceremony welcoming the first tonne of cargo to Tien Sa port, which was handled from 12.649 DWT Haian Park of Vietnam and Panama’s 33.577 DWT Ever Optima vessel.

Textile-garment targets up to 48 billion USD in 2023 export turnover

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Textile and garment exports may reach 47 - 48 billion USD in the positive scenario for 2023 and 45 - 46 billion USD in the lower-case scenario, Vietnam News Agency quoted figures of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS).

How enterprises adapt to changes in markets will affect their growth in any circumstance, it added.

In the positive scenario – instabilities in the global market will be brought under control, all activities of the sector may have recovered by the end of the first quarter. In such case, 48 billion USD in revenue is achievable.

However, VITAS President Vu Duc Giang said, in the second scenario under which the global market will recover in the latter half of 2023, export turnover may reach 45 billion USD.

In the current context, when international markets do not place long-term textile and garment orders, businesses can switch to producing lower-value items. In 2022, as they started to diversify markets and products, growth was still sustained.

In any scenario, textile and garment markets will be unable to bounce back at least in the first half of 2023.

However, experts held that there are still certain bright spots next year, noting the COVID-19 pandemic is being put under control, the world getting used to a new normal, the Asia-Pacific predicted to be the fastest-growing region in 2023, China easing the zero-COVID policy, and logistics costs showing signs of declining.

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) 

Meanwhile, the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) said though forecasts had been made early, its members were still surprised at unpredictable changes in 2022 such as the Russia - Ukraine conflict and surges in oil prices, inflation, and interest rates, which caused demand to nose-dive in importing markets.

Yet Vinatex estimated its 2022 consolidated revenue at over 19.53 trillion VND (826.84 million USD), up 15% from 2021 and 8% higher than the target, and consolidated profit at more than 1 trillion VND, up 14.6% from the target. These figures were assessed as encouraging amid numerous market difficulties.

Pointing out three scenarios, Vinatex President Le Tien Truong said in the best-case one – the global economy will have become stable and geopolitical conflicts been over by the end of the second quarter - exports this year may go up 4 - 5% from 2022.

In the middle-case scenario – instabilities will linger on, inflation remain, and interest rates still increase until Q3 – the exports may stay unchanged compared to 2022. And in the worst-case one where the world economy will enter a recession, the 2023 revenue may be about 5% lower annually.

Localities welcome first New Year visitors

Localities nationwide welcomed first New Year visitors on January 1.

At Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, the municipal Department of Tourism and national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines presented its domestic round-trip and business-class tickets to six lucky passengers chosen on Flight VN30 from Germany’s Frankfurt that landed in the city at 7:25am, reported Vietnam News Agency.

Budget Vietjet Air also gifted its round-trip tickets for international flights to five lucky passengers on Flight VJ841 from Taiwan (China) to the city at 8:50am the same day.

The TST Tourist Service & Trading Corporation also gave them vouchers of free entrance to Ao Dai Museum in the city.

At the welcome ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Director of the municipal Tourism Department Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa said this year, the sector targets hosting 5 million foreigners, 35 million domestic visitors and earning 160 trillion VND from tourism.

In the northern province of Lao Cai, the provincial Department of Tourism and the provincial Tourism Association welcomed 400 passengers on the Hanoi – Lao Cai train SP3, including over 250 foreigners.

Director of the provincial Tourism Department Ha Van Thang said the activity aims to popularise the images of Lao Cai to international visitors, toward welcoming 6 million tourists and earning over 20 trillion VND in tourism revenue this year.

Vietnam Airlines’ first domestic flight with 165 passengers from Hanoi landed at Da Nang International Airport at 8:55am the same day. Meanwhile, Vietjet Air’s first international flight with 170 passengers on board departed from the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Incheon and arrived in Da Nang at 10am.

In Lao Cai railway station (Photo: VNA) 

They were presented with flowers, gifts and enjoyed lion dances at the welcome ceremony.

Three passengers on the domestic flight received business-class tickets for domestic trips each while three others on the international flight also obtained international round-trip tickets.

Deputy Director of the municipal Tourism Department Nguyen Xuan Binh said in 2023, the city will develop MICE tourism and hold more international sport and cultural tourism activities to resume tourist arrivals in the city.

From December 30, 2022 till January 2, 2023, Da Nang plans to welcome around 395 flights with more than 58,000 passengers, including 236 domestic and 159 international flights.

At Cam Ranh International Airport, the Tourism Department of the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa also greeted the first passengers on the Vietnam Airlines’ flight VN441 from the RoK with flowers, gifts, folk music and lion dance performances.

In the afternoon, the second flight DV5207, run by Scatt Airlines, brought 180 foreigners to the province at 1pm, mostly those from Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan.

Director of the provincial Tourism Department Nguyen Thi Le Thanh hoped that the event will help attract more tourists to Khanh Hoa which is known as a safe, friendly and attractive destination./.