The Prime Minister allowed non-essential service establishments to resume operations but with the necessary preventive measures in place and allowed the reopening of minor border checkpoints to ease the movement of food and agricultural products
With no new community transmission case of COVID-19 for more than two weeks, the Government sees the resumption of socio-economic activities as the urgent task now.
Several minor border checkpoints in northern Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces that share border with China have been granted permission to reopen.
The decision has been taken to open almost all services. Among the list of non-essential services that are permitted to resume operation, clubs and karaoke parlours are excluded at this stage.
Local authorities in other provinces with border checkpoints are allowed to decide on the reopening of the minor border checkpoints and border crossings provided that measures on COVID-19 prevention and control are strictly observed.
Prime Minister allows rice export fully from May 2020, following the proposal from the Ministry of Industry and Trade to suspend the rice export limit and allow rice export activities to return to normal.
Earlier, rice export was limited to 400,000 tonnes, with an additional 100,000 tonnes allowance permitted for the month of April.
Traders are required to observe the requirements stipulated under Decree 107/2018/ND-CP on rice export, in particular to set aside rice volume equivalent to at least 5% of their rice shipments from the previous six months to meet the demand from the local market.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade will continue to coordinate with relevant ministries to regularly monitor the situation of production, consumption, reserve and export of rice.
With the lifting of the rice export limit, it is necessary to speed up the clearance of existing rice stocks at ports and minimise storage costs.
The temporary suspension in the past one month has nonetheless resulted in market loss for the local traders as new contracts were held back due to the export limit.
Government made the decision to increase rice export quota from 400,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes for the month of April
Export ban was lifted and 400,000 tonnes of rice was approved for export for the month of April.
Further to the earlier approved quantity, the Government increased another 100,000 tonnes to the rice export quota.
The export plan for May is being drafted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and will be submitted to the Government by 25 April.
The uncleared rice consignments at the ports remain unresolved and this puts traders with signed contracts at risk if they are unable to fulfil the contracts.
The Vietnam Food Association have petitioned to the Government to remove the export limit for rice and officials from localities continue to call for actions to allow exporters who have submitted customs declaration forms in March before the export ban to ship their rice and enable traders with rice consignments at the ports to complete customs clearance.
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