More than 700 durian trucks stranded at border between Vietnam and China
During the durian harvest season, around 700 trucks, mostly carrying durian, have been stranded at the border between Vietnam’s Lang Son Province and China due to high demand.
The congestion has caused delays at northern border crossings for over a week, particularly at the Huu Nghi border gate, which is the only official gateway for exporting fresh durian to China. However, the authorities have clarified that all five border gates in the province are operating normally and can still allow more than 1,000 vehicles to pass through every day.
Vietnamese officials have proposed that their Chinese counterparts work overtime to increase traffic at Huu Nghi and suggested that the Tan Thanh border gate be authorized to manage the durian trade. On Tuesday, 63 durian trucks passed through this gate alone. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has urged government agencies to simplify procedures to speed up the passing of produce-carrying trucks to China and ensure that the fruit remains fresh.