Vietnam raises awareness and step-by-step orientation to build "Green Logistics."
On December 25 and 26, the Vietnam Logistics Forum (VLF) 2022, organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in collaboration with the People's Committee of Hai Phong city in Hai Phong city with the theme "Green logistics," Mr. Tran Tuan Anh, Chief Central Economic Committee, will attend and lead at the Forum.
The program has two main themes: Optimizing costs with a logistics center and circular economy (Thematic 1) and Logistics Vietnam proactively adapting to new contexts (Thematic 2). Mr. Nguyen Duy Minh, Chairman and General Director of InterLOG Company, General Secretary of Vietnam Logistics Association (VLA) honored to represent VLA to coordinate Theme 2.
At the Forum, the Head of the Central Economic Commission, Tran Tuan Anh, affirmed: Logistics is a service industry that plays an essential role in Vietnam's economic development. In recent years, along with accelerating industrialization, modernization, and international integration, Vietnam's logistics industry in general and the logistics service business capacity of enterprises in Vietnam, particularly, are interested in development investment and quality improvement. Accordingly, the growth of Vietnam's economy, especially import and export in recent years, brings great potential and poses challenges for Vietnam's logistics industry.
Based on the rankings of Agility 2022, the Vietnamese logistics market is ranked 11th in the group of 50 global emerging logistics markets. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the period 2022 - 2027 of Vietnam's logistics market is forecasted to reach 5.5%, in parallel with the strong recovery of the whole economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vietnam is currently the leading country among ASEAN countries in the number of logistics service businesses licensed by the US Maritime Administration (FMC).
The quantity and quality of logistics services have been improved, thereby helping the export of goods and services account for an increasing proportion of GDP, increasing from 72.9% in 2015 to 93.3% in 2021. Vietnam's freight volume has continuously increased at a high level from 2015 to now, averaging about 17% per year, from 1.15 billion tons (2015) to 1.64 billion tons (2021). The volume of goods in transit increased by more than 30%, from 230 billion tons.km (2015) to 303 billion tons.km (2021). The direct contribution of the logistics sector to annual GDP is at 4-5%.
However, Mr. Tran Tuan Anh was also frank, besides the achieved results, Vietnam's logistics development activities still have many limitations: Vietnam's logistics costs are still high; The promotion of linkages between logistics enterprises, between logistics enterprises and manufacturing and exporting enterprises is still weak, and a network of large-scale Vietnamese logistics enterprises has not yet been established, capable of leading the market, promoting the development of the logistics industry; Development of multimodal transport to limit the impact of the transport system on the environment is still slow; the application of science and technology has not kept pace with the requirements of the 4th Industrial Revolution; The infrastructure is not synchronized and modern.
Along with that, environmental pollution, especially greenhouse gas emissions, continues to increase in the transportation industry and a number of other logistics service activities, which have had a limited impact on the development of green logistics in Vietnam.
The above context and situation pose a requirement for the logistics industry to have solutions to ensure the role of logistics in maintaining the supply chain of goods and services while having the right mindset, vision, and differentiated methods, shaping new directions to catch up with the world, and demonstrated a leading role in efforts to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This poses a challenge for Vietnam's logistics industry in greening supply chain operations, actively promoting operational process improvement, and investing in technology to improve supply chain performance, the environment, and sustainable development.
InterLOG is also gradually "greening" the company's services and solutions as an active member of the Vietnam Logistics Association and a reputable logistics company in Vietnam. This is especially the orientation to build and operate according to the sustainable development model ESG (E-Environment; S-Society; G-Governance) and contribute to building the "Green Logistics" that is being demanded and considered an inevitable trend position of Vietnam and the world.