Contents of state management of inland container depots in Vietnam

Contents of state management of inland container depots in Vietnam
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What are the contents of state management of inland container depots in Vietnam? What are the criteria for identification of an inland container depot in Vietnam? – Minh Chung (Khanh Hoa)

Contents of state management of inland container depots in Vietnam

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Regarding this matter, LawNet would like to answer as follows:

1. Contents of state management of inland container depots in Vietnam

Contents of state management of inland container depots are specified in Article 4 of Decree 38/2017/ND-CP including:

- Formulating, promulgating, and organizing the implementation of, legal documents on inland container depots; and standards, national technical regulations and techno-economic norms related to inland container depots.

- Formulating, approving, and organizing the implementation of, the master plan on development of inland container depots.

- Concluding, acceding to, and organizing the implementation of, treaties concerning inland container depots in accordance with law.

- Announcing the opening, closure or suspension of operation of inland container depots.

- Managing the construction and operation of inland container depot infrastructure.

- Performing the specialized state management of activities of people, vehicles and cargo at inland container depots (cargo inspection, performance of customs procedures, quarantine, environmental pollution prevention, security and order maintenance, and fire and explosion prevention and fighting safety).

- Managing prices, charges and fees related to the operation of inland container depots.

- Compiling statistics on inland container depots.

- Inspecting, examining, settling complaints and denunciations, and handling violations in accordance with law.

2. State management responsibilities for inland container depots in Vietnam

- The Ministry of Transport shall act as the focal point assisting the Government in performing the state management of inland container depots, coordinating interdisciplinary activities and guiding the implementation of regulations concerning the construction and operation management of inland container depots.

- The Ministry of Finance shall perform the state management of customs, prices, charges and fees at inland container depots in accordance with law.

- Ministries and provincial-level People’s Committees shall, within the ambit of their tasks and powers, perform the state management of the construction and operation of inland container depots.

(Article 5 of Decree 38/2017/ND-CP)

3. Functions of inland container depots in Vietnam

- To receive and consign containerized cargoes.

- To load cargoes into and unload cargoes from containers.

- To accommodate containers for transportation to seaports and other places in accordance with law.

- To inspect, and complete the customs procedures for, imports and exports.

- To gather and divide less-than-container-load cargoes of different owners in the same containers.

- To temporarily store imports and exports, and containers.

- To repair and maintain containers.

(Article 6 of Decree 38/2017/ND-CP)

4. Criteria for identification of an inland container depot in Vietnam

- Comforming to the approved master plan on development of the inland container depot system.

- Being connected to major transport corridors and seaports serving regional economic development.

- Having at least two modes of transport to facilitate multimodal transport or being directly connected to one high-capacity mode of transport.

- Being large enough for arrangement of working offices for related agencies and organizations and having sufficient land areas to meet long-term development needs; being at least 5 ha in area, for a newly formed inland container depot.

- Satisfying the law-prescribed requirements on fire and explosion prevention and fighting and environmental protection.

(Article 7 of Decree 38/2017/ND-CP)

5. Inland container depot infrastructure in Vietnam

- Inland container depot infrastructure means physical and technical foundations built in conformity with the national technical regulation on inland container depots for performance of the depots’ functions.

- Key infrastructure facilities of an inland container depot include:

= A system of cargo warehouses and storing yards;

= Facilities for maintenance of security and order at the depot and control of people, cargo and vehicles entering and leaving the depot, such as gates, fencing walls, screening, surveillance, control, inspection and storage equipment of customs offices; and physical and technical foundations for waste collection, storage and treatment;

= Parking lots for vehicles, cargo-handling equipment and other vehicles operating at the depot;

= Internal roads and roads connected to the transport system outside the depot;

= An office zone with the administration house and working offices for related agencies such as customs and quarantine agencies, and other infrastructure facilities including power supply, water supply and drainage, and communications systems.

- The Ministry of Transport shall issue the national technical regulation on inland container depots.

(Article 8 of Decree 38/2017/ND-CP)

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