In order to continue to support Vietnamese enterprises whose containers have lost their original documents in the above case, also on March 22, the Vietnam Trade Office had a business trip to the port city of La Spezia, Northern Italy. to request the port authorities, financial police and shipping lines with representatives in La Spezia to support and coordinate to help reduce the loss of Vietnamese enterprises to the lowest level.
Vietnamese Trade Counselor in Italy - Mr. Nguyen Duc Thanh said: "The port authority of La Spezia committed together with the port's financial police to retain the number of containers that Vietnamese companies lost control of the documents, docked at this port.
We also work with the port authorities on the possibility of port cooperation, because the port of Genoa is the transit point for 30% of the entire container traffic of Italy, while the port of La Spezia and the port of Carrara transit about 20%. In total, these two ports account for 50% of Italy's container volume imported and exported to the world, including Vietnam.
(Organic cashew processing at Fomexco JSC)
From La Spezia port, there are about 500,000 containers from Italy exporting to Vietnam machinery, equipment, food and agricultural products.
Mr. Nguyen Duc Thanh said that out of 36 containers that lost control of documents, the Italian financial police made a decision to keep the port of 14-16 containers. Figures may change due to slow arrivals or warping of containers or a new container found to be undocumented and can be sold to other customers.
Another 21 containers will arrive at La Spezia port and Genoa port, of which 6 will arrive at La Spezia port on March 26 and 2 containers will also arrive at this port on March 28 and 29.
In the coming time, the Trade Office and the Vietnamese Embassy will continue to work with shipping lines on issues related to court handling.
According to Mr. Thanh, if these cases become criminal cases, the handling may be faster, because there is information that the buyer has hired a lawyer and has contacted the seller's lawyer (Vietnamese enterprises). ), shipping lines, courts to claim delivery when they have the original documents.
Currently, there is at least 1 set of original documents that have been identified by COSCO (the freight forwarder) as the real set of documents. This is the first evidence that the group of scammers in Italy have somehow obtained the original documents illegally without paying the Vietnamese businesses.
There are also shipping lines that are considering increasing the amount and time of guarantee that Vietnamese businesses have to pay if they want to pick up the goods without the original documents.
He also recommended that businesses and the Vietnam Cashew Association still need to work actively with relevant agencies in Vietnam to quickly get rulings, so that Vietnamese businesses can soon release their goods. With food items like this one, time is money.