Vietnam will establish goods transportation information centres to make the sector more transparent, effective and efficient, according to Nguyen Van Quyen, Deputy Head of the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam.
The centre will serve as a place to connect transport companies with goods owners to maximise the transport capacity of vehicles and cut costs, said Quyen.
The centres will provide more information than previous methods and boost transport productivity. They’ll also help reduce the number of vehicles travelling on the street and greenhouse gas emissions, he added.
In 2014, the directorate created a project on reforming the management of road transport to improve service quality and ensure transport safety. The project aims to study the feasibility of goods transportation information centres.
The directorate has been implementing steps to form centres in the near future. It sent a working group of leaders and professionals from the Ministry of Transport and the directorate to visit and learn about a similar centre in Hong Kong (China).
According to statistics from the Asian Development Bank, the rate of empty trucks in Vietnam ranges from 30 to 50 percent. This is a major factor contributing to high logistics costs in Vietnam.
Of total transport costs, logistics costs make up 20 percent in Vietnam, according to the Asian Development Bank. The number in ASEAN countries is 10-15 percent, and 6 percent for many developed countries