Tan Thanh border gate in Lang Son resumes operation hinh anh 1A truck carrying Vietnam's exports is about to cross Tan Thanh border gate (Photo: VNA)

Lang Son (VNA) – Dozens of trucks carrying exports to China, mainly dragon fruit, watermelon and mango, went through customs clearance as Tan Thanh border gate in the northern province of Lang Son resumed operation on February 20.

One day earlier, the management board of the Dong Dang-Lang Son border gate economic zone worked with relevant agencies in Pingxiang of China’s Guangxi on customs clearance at Tan Thanh border gate, said vice head of Tan Thanh customs office Hoang Thi Thieu Hoa.

The two sides had agreed to resume export-import activities through the Tan Thanh gate of Lang Son and Pu Zhai of Pingxiang, from 8am to 5pm (Hanoi time), she added. This is only applicable for goods with commercial contracts. 

To ensure safety in the face of the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), trucks carrying goods from Vietnam are required to return on the same day. Drivers must wear protection suits and face masks and stelirise their vehicles before departure for China. They are also asked not to get out of their vehicles during the trips.

Director of Lang Son’s international health quarantine centre Ly Kim Soi said doctors have been sent to Tan Thanh border gate to provide guidance on COVID-19 prevention and conduct medical checkups for drivers.

Shipments of Vietnamese farm produce to China at major border gates were suspended due to COVID-19. Several border gates neighbouring China have recently re-opened./.