Dragon fruit passing through the border gate is sampled for Covid-19 test


Quang NinhDragon fruit has been cleared back and in order to have a basis to send to China, Mong Cai City took samples for testing with goods and vehicles coming from the epidemic area.

On the afternoon of September 22, the leader of Mong Cai International Border Gate Customs Branch, said this move was made after dragon fruit was exported again. Vehicles were cleared normally, there was no congestion after a week of suspension of exports at the temporary pontoon bridge at km 3+4 on the Ka Long border river connecting Mong Cai city (Vietnam) with Dong Hung city (Vietnamese). China). In this area, about 80 trucks are cleared on average every day.

“Today, the goods of dragon fruit are prioritized for customs clearance because they have been waiting for a long time and by this afternoon, they are almost exhausted,” he said.

Take samples for testing on dragon fruit packaging and freight vehicles. Customs video provided

To serve as a basis for sending to China, Mong Cai City took samples for Covid-19 testing by Realtime PCR method (pooled sample) with goods and vehicles coming from epidemic areas transporting import and export goods in the region. Bac Luan Bridge 2 border gate, temporary pontoon bridge Km3+4 to actively screen for Covid-19. The cost of testing the city is sourcing from the business association support.

“Sampling location at the door handle, steering wheel, inner wall of the Container, packaging surface, packaging of goods, goods… If nCoV is detected, we will handle it immediately so as not to affect the export. imported,” he said.

Temporary pontoon bridge connecting Mong Cai city (Vietnam) with Dong Hung city (China), July 2021.  Photo: Huu Viet

Temporary pontoon bridge connecting Mong Cai city (Vietnam) with Dong Hung city (China), July 2021. Photo: Huu Viet

On September 16, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said that the Chinese side announced to stop customs clearance for 7 days (September 15-21), due to the detection of the virus on the packaging of dragon fruit and the carton containing dragon fruit imported from Vietnam. .

According to the announcement of Dongxing (Guangxi, China), after 23h on September 21, dragon fruit will automatically be restored to customs. However, if the Chinese side tests PCR and continues to detect nCoV on dragon fruit or other items, they will extend the clearance stop for another week with that item. In case exported agricultural products are found to be positive 3 times, the time to suspend customs clearance is 4 weeks.

Minh Cuong