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Phu My Dry Port - A piece of the puzzle to complete the logistics center in the Southeast region

When Phu My Dry Port comes into operation, it is expected to form a complete logistics center, increasing the efficiency of seaport operations for the entire Southeast region.

Phu My Dry Port carries many expectations

On-site customs clearance, reducing costs for businesses

Phu My Dry Port has a land area of about 37,84 hectares, including 6 wharfs with a total length of up to 600 m in phase 1 of Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park with a system of warehouses, empty container depots... With a total investment of up to 2.990 billion VND, ICD Phu My aims to serve the needs of customers in the Industrial Park and Cai Mep - Thi Vai area. This is the first dry port of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province with a full system of wharf infrastructure, warehouses, empty container depots, modern exploitation equipment... providing comprehensive, all-inclusive logistics solutions, multimodal.

Accordingly, businesses can clear import and export goods on the spot and take advantage of preferential policies for long-term storage exemption. This not only supports the quick release of goods, maximum savings on logistics and production costs for customers, but also contributes to further improving the operating efficiency of deep-water ports and developing the price chain. industrial value - seaport. In addition, Phu My Dry Port has the ability to connect waterways to seaports, ICDs in the region as well as areas supplying raw materials for production and consuming products across the country to Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park; Helps investors and shippers transport raw materials and products conveniently with the most optimal cost solution.

The investor's representative said that to form a dry port, the main criteria must be met: being linked to the main transport corridor to the seaport and the regional economy; must be connected to the seaport by at least 2 modes of transport.

With the above criteria, Phu My Dry Port is located in phase 1 of Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park with one side adjacent to Mo Nhat River - an inland waterway transport route connecting to Ganh Rai Bay, the other side adjacent to the Mo Nhat River - an inland waterway transport route connecting to Ganh Rai Bay. adjacent to Phuoc Hoa - Cai Mep route and the remaining sides are adjacent to the main roads of Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park. This Dry Port possesses a favorable geographical location, located right behind the Cai Mep - Thi gateway port area. Fabric, conveniently connected to the inter-port road connecting Ben Luc - Long Thanh expressway, national highway 51, Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway; Inland waterway transport connects with waterways in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, the Mekong Delta and beyond to Cambodia.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thao Nhi, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors - General Director of Thanh Binh Phu My Joint Stock Company, according to calculations, more than 80% of the import and export goods of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province have arrival/departure ports. is at ports in Cat Lai area. According to data provided by the Customs Department of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, the number of imported container goods through Cai Mep - Thi Vai port in 2019 was 160.000 containers but the number of containers cleared for procedures in this area only reached 26.000 containers. , of which only 50% of shippers' containers are located in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

Meanwhile, it is estimated that the total annual import-export/domestic transshipment volume of factories in Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park when coming into operation from 2025 - 2026 will amount to more than 1 million TEU of containerized goods and 2,6 million tons of general cargo. In particular, in Phu My 3 Specialized Industrial Park, there are currently many investors with a very large amount of goods, reaching nearly 500.000 TEU/year when operating at full capacity. These are the KOA paper factory, the NITORI furniture factory and the goods distribution center of investor Ashton Furniture Consolidation of Ashley Group (USA)...

However, the proportion of using Cai Mep - Thi Vai deep-water port is still low, only about 60% even though businesses want to use 100% of import-export services here. The main reason is the lack of port logistics service ecosystem, lack of specialized inspection, customs screening, representative offices of inspection agencies such as animal and plant quarantine, health... and especially are ICD dry ports, empty container depots... This problem causes businesses and investors many difficulties in coordinating production activities as well as wasting time and costs.

“Phu My Dry Port has the ability to conveniently connect the region with Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An... by waterway, road as well as railway in the future. At the same time, with a full ecosystem of post-port logistics services, playing the role of a goods gathering and distribution center, this Dry Port not only contributes to further improving the operating efficiency of deep-sea ports, developing industrial value chain - seaports but also helps optimize production costs for customers as well as contribute positively to state budget revenue, create jobs for workers, and promote economic development. , social security", Ms. Nguyen Thi Thao Nhi said.

Complete the logistics center behind the port

Explaining more clearly the role of ICD, Chairman of Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA) Le Duy Hiep said that ICD is one of the important components in the service supply chain of logistics centers.

A dry port is a part of transportation infrastructure, an area located inland that provides loading and unloading services, providing empty containers, packing goods, storing and carrying out customs procedures for goods. Mainly container goods. If the deep-water port is the front, then the ICD is the back, providing a connection between customers and the port when the port is too far away. Goods will be gathered here, then brought to the port by rail, road or by barge via inland waterway. Currently, for Phu My 3 Dry Port, the location right next to Cai Mep - Thi Vai port may not be able to optimize the traditional function of connecting ICDs with Cai Mep - Thi Vai ports, but it is open. There is great potential to expand and develop the logistics service network for this port cluster. Specifically, ICD Phu My can perform empty container delivery services, packing/storing goods, and storing goods through a system of warehouses such as bonded warehouses, CFS warehouses, cold storage... At the same time, with the orientation Forming and developing a non-tariff model at Cai Mep - Thi Vai port and Phu My Dry Port will help form a logistics center after the deep-water port, providing very good support for the non-tariff zone in the future.

Mr. Ha Ngoc Truong, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Port and Bridge Association, affirmed that when formed, Phu My Dry Port will be the logistics center after Cai Mep - Thi Vai deep-water port. Not only does it support and create conditions to help seaports release goods quickly, reduce pressure on wharves and yards, and increase the ability to quickly clear goods, but dry ports also help businesses in Ba Ria-Vung province. Ships as well as the Southeast region save time, cut logistics costs and optimize production. In fact, ICD plays an extremely important role in the logistics network. If there is only a water port or a main port without a dry port, it will lose the effect of connecting with the city's aviation source, prolonging cargo transportation time, increasing costs, and limiting seaport exploitation capacity. However, the dry port system across the country in general has not received adequate attention and investment. The cause is lack of funding, lack of premises, lack of people knowledgeable about operations, and lack of investment contact with direct consulting units. Therefore, the Phu My Dry Port model will open up an investment to complete the ICD system and methodical logistics services according to planning in the Southeast region in particular as well as across the country in general.

Phu My Dry Port not only serves the Cai Mep - Thi Vai port system of Ba Ria-Vung Tau but also must calculate connection routes to closely connect with Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City. If the source of goods from Ba Ria-Vung Tau or Dong Nai cannot be contacted in Ho Chi Minh City, the dry ports will also lose some of their effectiveness.