Vientiane Times, 22 April 2015
Twenty five overloaded trucks carrying timber from Laos into Vietnam have been fined a total of VND430 million (more than 161 million kip) after an eight-day inspection at weigh stations in Vietnam’s Nghe An Province, local media reported. The trucks, among the 200 that were checked, were reportedly carrying from five to 30 percent more than allowed capacity during April 8 – 15, the Vietnam Net reported last week. Local Deputy Chief Transport Inspector Phan Huy Chuong told the Vietnam Net that the trucks underwent checks on National Highway 7 when travelling to the province from the Nam Can border crossing.
“Traffic inspectors and customs officers required these 25 trucks at the Nam Can border gate to unload before entering into Vietnam from Laos,” he was quoted as saying. Chuong added that about 100 other tru cks were still waiting at the border to enter Vietnam after the festival Chol Chnam Thmay. Inspections by local Transport Department officials also checked out some of the suspected overloaded trucks in Con Cuong, Tuong Duong district on April 6. The drivers locked the trucks and removed their number plates, VnExpress reported. Other trucks stayed on village roads in mountainous areas to avoid the checking. In related news, two trucks examined at weigh stations were found to be overloaded with goods, carrying 75 – 100 percent more than the permitted limit, according to a media report.
Vietnam is one of the major export markets for Lao timber. Major Lao export products to neighbouring Vietnam include wood and timber products, which reached more than 3.964 trillion kip (US$490 million) over the first nine months of 2014, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reported, citing the General Department of Vietnam Customs.