Approval Granted for Development Plan of Inland Container Depot
Hanoi – The approval has been granted for the development plan of inland container depots in Vietnam for the period 2021-2030, with a vision extending to 2050. Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha endorsed the plan, which aims to establish and enhance a nationwide network of such facilities to meet the demand for export and import transportation. The plan seeks to improve the handling capacity of seaports, optimize container transportation, reduce transportation costs, minimize storage duration at seaports, and ensure the safety of goods. Additionally, the plan aims to alleviate traffic congestion and protect the environment, particularly in major cities and areas with significant seaport activity.
Under the plan, inland container depots will evolve into hubs for goods transportation, transit, distribution, and logistics services. By 2030, the depot system is expected to have an annual capacity of 11.9-17.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and handle approximately 25-35% of the container goods export and import demand along transport corridors. In the northern region, depots and depot clusters will have a combined capacity of 4.29-6.2 million TEUs, while the central and Central Highlands regions will have a capacity of 0.9-1.4 million TEUs. In the southern region, the capacity will reach 6.8-9.5 million TEUs. By 2050, the nationwide depots are projected to handle 30-35% of the container goods export and import demand along transport corridors and meet the logistics needs of localities.
Priority will be given to the development of depots along transport corridors connected to major seaports in the north, such as Hai Phong seaport, and in the south, such as the seaports of Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau. The plan estimates that an investment of about 24.7-42.38 trillion VND (approximately 1-1.8 billion USD) will be required to develop the inland container depot system by 2030. The plan also outlines various solutions related to mechanisms, policies, capital mobilization, international cooperation, science and technology, environment, and human resources for effective implementation.