International rail freight transportation service launched in Vietnam

Sunday, 19/02/2023 18:32
The international freight transportation services have been launched at the Kep railway station in the northern province of Bac Giang, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

At the opening ceremony (Photo: NDO)

Speaking at the launching ceremony on February 18, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Nghiem Xuan Huong stressed that such international services are expected help ease congestions of goods in the border area and pressure on the two present international railway stations – Dong Dang and Yen Vien.

The services also enable Bac Giang to open an international border gate in the locality, he added.

The Ministry of Transport said that in implementing the Prime Minister’s Directive No. 03/CT- TTg, the transport sector has sped up the implementation of yearly plans and projects since the beginning of this year, including those on international freight transportation services, thus facilitating cross-border exporting activities.

The Kep station has seen its infrastructure upgraded after the ministry decided to turn it into an international one, with all items now ready for the first phase of operation.

There will be a fleet of trains running from Kep to Dong Dang station in the border province of Lang Son and then to China’s Pingxiang station.

The Kep station’s handling capacity is from 80 to 100 carriages or containers per day. Freight includes electronics and industrial products, construction materials, industrial wood, and ore.


A train runs from Kep to Dong Dang Station in the border province of Lang Son and then to China’s Pingxiang Station (Photo: NDO)

A bonded warehouse is expected to be built at the station to serve the import and export activities of enterprises in Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces and neighbouring localities. It specialises in receiving refrigerated containers transported from the south which will then be exported to China.

Currently, the VNR is managing international freight terminals, namely Lao Cai, Yen Vien, Hai Phong, Dong Dang, Giap Bat, and Song Than.

The demand for international freight railway transportation grows 6% annually. Notably, since 2022, about half of the cargo has been transported in containers.

Official anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese tables, chairs

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to impose official anti-dumping duties on certain table and chair products from China, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Under Decision No. 235/QD-BCT, tariffs imposed on the Chinese products will range from 21.4% to 35.2%.


Official anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese tables, chairs – Photo for illustration
(Source: Internet)

Earlier, it said the investigations found out that table and chair imports from China have increased significantly as compared with both domestic consumption and production, causing damage to the domestic production.

The ministry also decided to end anti-dumping investigations into some table and chair products from Malaysia, saying the volume of investigated imports is not big enough (below 3%).

TMT Motors partners with world leading joint venture to bring mini EVs to Vietnam

TMT Automobile Joint Stock Company (TMT Motors) announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the joint venture of General Motors (GM) and SAIC - WULING on the manufacturing, assembling and exclusively distributing of electric vehicles of GM and SAIC - WULING in Vietnam, reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

Under the agreement, GM and SAIC - WULING will provide components to TMT Motors to exclusively manufacture, assemble and distribute Wuling electric cars in Vietnam.


Wuling HongGuang MiniEV model (Photo: VNA)

The first model to be launched in Vietnam will be Wuling HongGuang MiniEV - the world's best-selling mini electric car model in three consecutive years of 2020, 2021 and 2022. It is also the third largest electric car manufacturer in the world with more than 480,000 units sold in 2022.

The model will be assembled at TMT's automobile factory in Van Lam district, northern Hung Yen province, with a capacity of 30,000 vehicles per year, which will be expectedly increased in the future when TMT Motors introduces other high quality electric vehicle models.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Bui Van Huu, Chairman of TMT Motors, said that with its 47 years of experience in the automobile sector, the firm hopes to make a breakthrough with the introduction of Wuling HongGuang MiniEV - the model that will open the mini electric car segment in Vietnam, making it easier for people to own environmentally friendly, safe and civilised vehicles. With compact, fashionable design and flexible space with four seats, TMT Motors hopes Wuling HongGuang MiniEV will be a new choice within reach of many Vietnamese customers.

As scheduled, TMT Motors will announce the details of the product and its price, as well as the receipt of pre-orders in the second quarter of this year.

Vietnam Red Cross Society calls for support to earthquake victims in Turkey, Syria

The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) is calling for joint efforts in support of the people hit by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria on February 6, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The VRC’s campaign responds to the appeal by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, targeting people from all social strata.

As of February 17, the natural disaster killed more than 45,000, with the number of the injured expected to rise in the time ahead, making it one of the strongest earthquakes over the past nearly century.


The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) is calling for joint efforts in support of the people hit by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese Government has sent two search and rescue teams to the earthquake sites.

The donations should be sent to the VRC’s headquarters at 82 Nguyen Du, Hanoi. Phone: 024.38263703; 024.38224030. Fax: 024.39424285. Mobile number: 0912.544.050. Email:

Its representative office in the southern region is also available for the donations, at 201 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phonei: 0283.8391271; Fax: 0283 8322298. Mobile number: 0913.847.027. Email:

Apart from bank accounts, the association has opened an app named “Thien Nguyen” to serve the campaign, which will last until May 30./.

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