Due to the latest Covid outbreak, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and the 19 other cities and provinces that comprise the southern region have extended lockdown by two weeks. As such, we are now seeing South Vietnam’s port congestion worsen.
The outbreak has heavily disrupted manufacturing operations, which has resulted in a high risk of backlogs at Tan Cang Cat Lai terminal because of the slow pick-up and release of import containers. Saigon Newport (SNP), which operates Tan Cang Cat Lai in HCMC, has asked customers to expedite the pick-up of import containers in order to reduce yard congestion.
In HCMC, Binh Duong and Long An province, around 1,800 Covid cases have been recorded in factories and industrial zones. Factories are only permitted to open when they have a labour force that is planning to stay and work in the factory, which has caused a scarcity of human resources in some cases.
Transport capability is reduced between Cat Lai and Cai Mep deepsea port. Drivers travelling between provinces are reportedly required to show negative Covid test results within 3-7 days. Further reducing the available truck capacity, the cut-off time for cargo at Cai Mep has also been cut to 72 hours.
Warehouses stock levels are increasing and space is becoming very scarce at key industrial parks.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated. Please contact our Customer teams with any enquiries relating to specific bookings.