Plans in place to develop logistics to serve central region and East-West Economic Corridor.
With a favorable location and transport infrastructure such as an international airport and a deepwater seaport, logistics activities in Da Nang are presenting greater opportunities for investors.
The city has a plan for developing logistics services to 2015 and vision 2020, with a goal of establishing a supply chain of logistics services in the central region.
The Prime Minister has also approved development planning for logistics networks throughout the country to 2020 and vision to 2030. Da Nang is to have a logistics center by 2020 on an area of 30 ha that will be expanded to 70 ha in 2023 and is to form a dedicated logistics center at Da Nang International Airport.
Deputy Chairman of the Da Nang City People’s Committee, Mr. Phung Tan Viet, confirmed that the development of the maritime economy, including logistics services, is a top priority. The development of a logistics chain will not only support the city but also the East-West Economic Corridor, which includes the central highlands region and Laos.
According to enterprises, logistics activities in Da Nang still face many problems in legal procedures and the narrow operations of logistics enterprises and the absence of links between them to complete a full chain.
Human resources also lack experience and expertise in the field while transport infrastructure is poor and inadequate.
General Director of the DACO Logistics Company and General Secretary of the Vietnam Logistics Business Association, Mr. Tran Duy Hien, said the main competitor for Vietnam in the East-West Economic Corridor is Thailand. The country should therefore adopt a strategy to attract goods from the central highland and Laos and create better transport services to cut costs and compete with Thailand.
Senior Advisor at the Japan External Trade Organization, Mr. Yoshitaka Kurihara, said it is important to improve transport infrastructure, focus on training staff to reduce procedures relating to customs declarations, and safely control traffic.