Transport costs rise as fuel prices surge

HCM City (VNS/VNA) – The sharp rise in gasoline prices is pushing up transport costs and thus fares, bus operators said.

Eleven transport businesses operating at the Mien Dong (Eastern) bus station have announced a fare hike of 20 percent starting at the end of this month, said Nguyen Lam Hai, head of the station’s planning department.

Operators have suffered losses as a result of a sharp drop in the number of commuters and the relentless rise in fuel prices, he said.

The number of passengers has dropped by half this year from pre-pandemic levels, he said.

Operators at the Mien Tay (Western) coach station are also likely to hike fares.

Le Thi Doan Trinh, human resources director at GHN Express, a provider of nation-wide express delivery services, said the increase in gasoline prices has added around 2 billion VND (87,700 USD) to the operation costs.

It is bearing the rising costs to maintain a competitive pricing, Trinh said.

Sai Gon New Port Corporation has announced that it would increase container freight rates by 10-30 percent from April 1.

The rising fuel prices are pushing up the costs of freight, loading and unloading, forcing it to raise the rates, it said in a statement released on Sunday.

Container truck rates will rise by 10 percent between Dong Nai Port and Cat Lai Port, and 30 percent between inland container depots to the Tan Cang- Cat Lai Terminal.

A spokesperson for the HCM City Cargo Transport Association said its members would increase freight rates in the next few days.

Financial support

The Ministry of Transport expects to provide various kinds of support to help transport businesses, which have been hit hard by the soaring petroleum prices, survive.

It also wants the Government to direct related agencies to provide credit at conducive interest rates and tenors to airlines.

It said rollover of loan repayments and interest rate reductions are needed for inland waterways transport operators.

It wants Government agencies and local authorities to reduce a number of fees and charges.

Inland water and marine transport businesses long for want the environment tax on petroleum to be cut from March until global crude oil prices fall under 80 USD a barrel.

They also want the special consumption tax reduced to 5-6 percent from the current 10 percent until the end of the second quarter./.