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Transport sector beseeches support amid soaring fuel costs

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Buses at the Miền Tây Station in HCM City. — VNA/ Photo Hoàng Hải

HCM CITY — The HCM City transport industry has sought Government support to help recover from the double whammy of the COVID-19 pandemic and skyrocketing fuel prices. 

Lê Trung Tính, chairman of the city Intercity Passenger Transport and Tourism Association, said the high prices of petroleum products have made it difficult for transport businesses, leading to a fresh crisis post-pandemic.

Fuel prices account for 30-50 per cent of transport costs, and so the hike in prices has created massive challenges for the industry, he said.

The Government and National Assembly should consider reducing tariffs on petroleum products such as environmental protection, special consumption and value-added taxes, he said.

“Petrol prices have surged and been forecast to rise to VNĐ35,000 – 40,000 per litre. If it does, passenger transport firms will find it challenging to survive.”

A spokesperson for Tư Viễn, a firm that operates on the HCM City – Hà Nội route, said with the current price of diesel at more than VNĐ30,000 per litre, the cost of a trip has reached some VNĐ50 million (US$2,100). 

“Only suspending operations can help companies avoid losses.” 

The firm has already sold two 45-seat buses at below market prices and the remaining one is parked in Bình Dương Province due to a lack of business, he claimed. 

“Transport businesses are now depending on luck. Out of 10 buses, only three have enough passengers. We lose VNĐ5-7 million per trip.”

Đào Ngọc Tuấn, owner of Tuấn Duyên, a bus service that operates on the HCM City – Hà Nội route, said the fuel cost per trip has doubled to more than VNĐ30 million.

“We cannot increase ticket prices to offset the costs due to the low demand. The price of a sleeper seat from HCM City to Hà Nội is VNĐ800,000, the same for the last seven years.”

The number of passengers has fallen to 40 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, he said. 

“There is no hope at all.” 

Phạm Thanh Duyên, owner of Duyên Hà bus service (HCM City – Gia Nghia city in Đắk Nông Province) said while fuel costs have increased, taxes and fees remain high.

During the 210-km trip from HCM City to Gia Nghĩa, a bus has to pass through three toll stations and pay VNĐ540,000, he said. 

“A loss of VNĐ2-3 million per trip is normal.”

He said he planned to sell all of his five vehicles and wind up a 30 –year-old business.

Nguyễn Lâm Hải, head of the transport planning department at HCM City’s Miền Đông Bus Station, said since March the number of passengers a day has been 10,000-10,500, or 52 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. 

Almost a third of bus operators have ceased operations, he added.

The station has supported businesses by reducing rentals of counters by up to 40 per cent, but it has not helped much since the high fuel prices now account for 30-50 per cent of costs.

Trần Nhân Hậu, head of operations at the Miền Tây Bus Station, too said the number of passengers is currently only half compared to before the pandemic. 

He said the collection of environmental protection tax should be temporarily suspended.

Experts said the reduction of special consumption tax on fuels would help lower their costs, reducing inflationary pressure and the impact on businesses and people’s lives.

On Monday, the authority adjusted up the retail prices of oil and petrol. This was the ninth time that the petrol prices have been adjusted this year but only three of them was downward.

Accordingly, the price of RON95 bio-fuel RON95 was raised by VNĐ670 per litre to VNĐ30,650 ($1.32) per litre, while that of E5 RON92 rose by VNĐ680 per litre to VNĐ29,630 ($1.28) per litre.

Meanwhile, the price of diesel oil was down by VNĐ1,100 per litre to VNĐ25,550 per litre. A decrease of VNĐ660 per litre was also seen in the price of kerosene to VNĐ24,400. —

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/economy/1204596/transport-sector-beseeches-support-amid-soaring-fuel-costs.html

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Vietnam targets 7% GDP growth this year: minister

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HANOI — Vietnam is aiming for economic growth of 7% this year, the country’s planning and investment minister said on Monday, higher than an official target of 6.0%-6.5% set previously.

To achieve this, year-on-year economic growth in the third quarter needs to be 9.0% and in the fourth quarter 6.3%, minister Nguyen Chi Dung also said during a government meeting.

Dung said Vietnam’s budget was in surplus, giving scope for fiscal policy to be used to support businesses and residents.

“Credit institutions will need to further cut their lending interest rates to reduce input cost pressure for businesses and for the economy,” he said.

Vietnam, a regional manufacturing hub, started lifting its coronavirus curbs late last year, allowing factories to resume full operations.

The economy is recovering after growing only 2.58% last year, the slowest pace in decades.

The Southeast Asian country reported GDP growth of 7.72% in the second quarter, backed by strong export growth, but warned of upward inflation pressure for the rest of the year. 

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/business/20220704/vietnam-targets-7-gdp-growth-this-year-minister/67932.html

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Vietnam spends $40bln importing computers, electronic components since early 2022

Computers and electronic components continue to be the lead group of imported goods, with a turnover of approximately $40 billion, according to the latest data from General Department of Customs.

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From the beginning of the year to June 15, the country spent $39.62 billion importing computers, electronic products, and components, an increase of 29.3% from a year ago.

Computers, electronic products, and components remain the largest import item of Vietnam, accounting for 23.36% of the total import turnover of the economy.

The second-largest imported goods were machinery, equipment, tools, and spare parts with $20.43 billion. The largest import market of this product group was Asia.

Importing computers, electronic products, and components from South Korea was $10.53 billion, a sharp increase of 44% from an earlier year. China was after South Korea with $10.36 billion, up 29.2%. Computer import from Taiwan was recorded at $4.98 billion, up 35.5%; from Japan with $2.89 billion, up 39.8%.

From the beginning of the year to the end of June 15, the total import turnover reached $169.58 billion, an increase of 16.3% (equivalent to an increase of $23 0.8 billion) from last year.

In addition to computers, and electronic products, commodity groups with high turnover such as petroleum increased by $2.53 billion, an increase of 128.4%. Coal of all kinds increased by $2.19 billion, equivalent to 135.7% growth.

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/economy/vietnam-spends-40bln-importing-computers-electronic-components-since-early-2022-3346496/

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Yeah1 to buy TV firm amid restructuring

Online entertainment company Yeah1 plans to buy a 51 percent stake in TV and radio company STV amid a major restructuring endeavor.

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The deal is set to be completed this quarter. STV, established in 2008, owns lifestyle TV channel StyleTV, stock and finance channel InfoTV and radio channel Joy FM.

The deal was announced after Yeah1 founder and chairman Nguyen Anh Nhuong Tong sold his entire 12.89 percent stake on June 1 after 15 years of leading the company from an online news website to the first media company to be listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange.

Several other major shareholders have also been pulling out since February, including DFJ VinaCapital Venture Investment.

Yeah1 has postponed its annual general meeting twice this year saying more time was needed to prepare important documents.

It reported post-tax profits of nearly VND28 billion last year after two years of losses.

Its contract with YouTube was terminated in March 2020 due to a violation of policies, and what began as an operational error has “turned into a real crisis for the company,” Tong once said.

Yeah1 targets revenues of VND588 billion this year, down 45 percent from 2021 and the lowest since 2017.

It plans to issue 78.6 million new shares to increase its capital.

Source: VnExpress

Source: https://e.nhipcaudautu.vn/companies/yeah1-to-buy-tv-firm-amid-restructuring-3346497/

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