Hundreds of food containers stuck at Quang Ninh ports

Narly 1,000 frozen food containers imported for re-export to China are languishing at Ka Long and Mong Cai border gates as a massive increase in imports and exports has inundated hygiene inspectors and customs, according to officials in the northeastern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

More than 1,000 containers of frozen products are waiting for inspections at Hai Phong ports. (Filed photo)

Most containers were transported from ports in the northern city of Hai Phong and were to be transported to China via the Mong Cai and Ka Long border gates in the province.

Thousands of containers of frozen products are waiting for inspections at many northern ports, particularly in Hai Phong and other localities in Quang Ninh, according to the management board of Mong Cai border gate.

More than 1,000 containers of frozen products are waiting for inspections and re-export at Hai Phong ports alone.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said that in the first five months of 2010, frozen meat and poultry imports increased three-fold over the last months of 2009.  Pork imports alone have reached 500,000 tons, consisting mainly of heads, feet and tails.

MARD also said that all newly imported containers would be placed under scrutiny and that importers would be ordered to re-export food if shipments were found to have skirted hygiene requirements. Warnings would also be sent to exporting countries.

By Phuc Van, translated by Thuy Tram

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