Binh Duong has favourable conditions to become a major logistics centre. (Source: baobinhduong.vn)

Binh Duong (VNA) – The southern province of Binh Duong is expected to be a major logistics centre in the region on the back of its location near seaports and infrastructure, as heard at a local seminar held on June 30.

The province is currently home to 21 bonded warehouses, two inland container depots and 31 customs agents which provide logistics services for exporters and importers, many of them meet international standards.

Ha Thanh Hai from Box Pak Vietnam company based in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park said Binh Duong is well-positioned to be the country’s major logistics hub but its small and medium-sized ports are yet to meet demand.

Four out of nine river ports, including Binh Duong, Thanh Phuoc, Ba Lua and An Son, have been put into operation.

However, increased transport costs also weaken logistics system’s competitiveness, he said.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Thanh Liem said Binh Duong has zoned off 10 river ports sprawling over hundreds of hectares, and nearly 100ha of inland container depots to develop logistics centres in Di An and Thuan An townships, towards establishing a chain of logistics services in the southern economic region, under a master plan with a vision until 2020.-VNA