Multiple shipping lines reported this week that severe congestion at Cai Lai Terminal in the Port of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has been affecting inbound shipments. Compared to the deep-sea port at Vung Tau, the smaller inland port is preferred due to its proximity to the manufacturing districts of Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City itself.
However, congestion has now spread over to the deep-water facilities of Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) and Tan Cang Cai Mep Container Terminal (TCCT) in Vung Tau and is subsequently affecting the delivery of containers to the inland terminal in Ho Chi Minh City. In terms of infrastructure, there is no effective road or rail transportation linking TCIT to Ho Chi Minh City. Currently, 18,000 TEUs of imported goods cannot be on-shipped from the Vung Tau terminals to the inland terminal and this has suspended bookings of inbound cargo to all inland facilities and terminals in Ho Chi Minh City until further notice. However, inbound cargo would still be accepted to the Cai Mep International Terminal. Export cargo was reportedly not affected by these measures.
The situation was reportedly due to the passing of a typhoon in December 2017 and the backlog of the holiday season.