Hanoi targets to be national logistics service hub hinh anh 1At the workshop (Source:VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - A series of measures have been proposed at a recent workshop in Hanoi, aiming to turn the capital city into a logistics centre of the nation in the future.

Experts said that it is necessary to devise specific policies and the Government’s decision on the development of logistics services in Hanoi.

Accordingly, attention will be paid to developing urban logistics services in combination with building a smart city and promoting regional connection. Priority policies related to land fund and tax incentives are also needed for developing logistic infrastructure.

Participants said that barriers to the development of Hanoi's logistics industry are inadequate infrastructure; overlapping and unstable legal system for managing logistics activities; as well as unprofessional human resources.

Nguyen Tuong, senior advisor of the Vietnam Logistics Association (VLA), suggested research on building service centres for gathering goods in suburban areas, then using small trucks to transport goods into the inner city, saying that this can solve traffic congestion and ensure safety in the inner city, especially in rush hours.

Hanoi’s river ports have not upheld their strength due to restriction on goods handling equipment and limited boat clearance (Duong bridge).

Participants said it is necessary to continue studying the development of inland waterway transportation service in connection with those in the region.

According to the VLA, around 4,000 enterprises are involved in providing logistics services, of which, 1,300 enterprises are operating actively. Hanoi has about 1,000 firms operating in this field.

Logistics service companies manly provide services related to transportation, warehouse, seaport, inland container depot, logistics services centres, cargo terminal, cargo handling, freight forwarding, shipping agent, customs agents, express delivery agents and other related services.

Covering an area of over 3,300 sq.m and with a population of over 8.2 million people, Hanoi is one of the country’s leading localities in FDI attraction. In the first eight months of 2018, Hanoi lured 5.93 billion USD in FDI.

Along with the synchronous infrastructure system, Hanoi is also the leading locality in promoting regional economic connection, and is home to many domestic and foreign logistics service companies.

With these factors, Hanoi is qualified for developing into a logistics service centre of the country, Tuong affirmed.-VNA