Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the extension of customs clearance working hours at the Mong Cai border gate with China to facilitate cross-border travel and trade.

Accordingly, the time for entry and exit activities will span from 7:00am to 20:00pm every day, one hour later than the current 19:00pm, while that for import and export activities will be extended by one hour and a half, from 7:00am to 18:00pm instead of the previous 16:30pm (Hanoi time).

Mong Cai in the northern province of Quang Ninh and China’s Dongxing border gates have become important entrepôts for goods, investment capital and travellers between Vietnam and China.

They are also the only land and sea border gates between the two countries. Dongxing is the most favourable gateway for China’s southern and southwestern regions to trade with Vietnam and other ASEAN countries.-VNA