According to the Department of Transportation, total volume of cargo through port system in 9 months of 2014 reached about 44.76 million tons, increased 22% over the same period 2013, in which, container cargo rose 39%, liquid cargo did not rise, dry cargo increased 25%.
The Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial People's Committee has proposed the Vietnamese government to establish a port authority to administer the Cai Mep-Thi Vai port complex in a bid to optimise its investment efficiency.
To minimize unfair competition among enterprises and to stabilize the market, some carriers proposed the Government to be imposed a minimum price (or floor price) of container handling services at all ports. This proposal was specified in the online dialogue between shipping companies, sea ports with the Ministry of Transport that had just taken place in Ho Chi Minh City.
Five seaports under the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) have been equitized while seven others are rushing to launch their initial public offerings (IPO) by the fourth quarter this year and early next year.