Questions 1: As an expert in the field of road freight forwarding, can you please share your opinions on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on this market?
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused negative effects and impacted on the transportation companies in Vietnam Logistics industry, especially in the field of inland container trucking. Because the container trucking industry is associated with the country’s import and export activities and these activities are completely dependent on the world economy.
Due to the effects of the disease in this period, many factories have to suspend operations, the supply/demand is less, the volume of goods needed to be transported is less, leading to the transport, pick-up and delivery of goods in the supply chain to be significantly reduced.
This has caused great impacts on the operations of enterprises providing warehousing services, bonded warehouses, transportation and customs services,…decreasing yields and revenue significantly. In addition, the labor resource issue in this period also greatly affects production and business activities of the transportation enterprises.
Therefore, to adapt to the new situation and maintain business growth momentum, businesses are forced to have plans to change promptly in accordance with the market situation.
Question 2. As a Head of ITL Branch – Road Transport Center, ITL Corporation, can you please share your business’s upcoming directions and strategies in the field of road freight forwarding in response to the Covid-19 pandemic?
Road Transport Center is a subsidiary of ITL Corporation. We own a fleet of trucks serving the South-North road transport, including more than 150 container trucks and 400 trailers to be allocated at the 3 Logistics centers in Hai Phong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh city. This will provide customers with a wide range of value options via our high quality trucking solutions.
We are lucky to have a great lesson for ourselves before the Covid-19 pandemic. That was in 2014-2015 when we focused on agricultural products for export to China and as soon as there was a change in policy between the two countries, the source of goods was forced to stall and this had caused impacts on Road Transport Center at that time.
From this big lesson, we have looked back the whole process and made a huge change in our business direction. Accordingly, in order to create a firm development for our business in the volatile market situation, we have built a business strategy focusing on the key goals, including:
Raising awareness of safe driving for drivers and green transport programs are our top priorities that we always concern about and plan to implement regularly. In addition to our business, we focus on absolutely safe driving before and behind the wheel, to ensure the safety of drivers and society.
Along with raising awareness of safe driving for drivers and green transport programs for ITL Corporation’s Transportation Business Units such as Defensive And Eco-Driving Competition, Sustainable Green Freight And Logistics that are held annually, we regularly organize the training sessions and awarding certificates to drivers on safe driving skills, updating knowledge on traffic laws, eco-driving to save fuel and reduce emissions into the environment, inviting lecturers who are experts from prestigious organizations, Traffic Police to train our drivers.
With our efforts, in June 2019, ITL Corporation and Road Transport Center were honored to receive the GFA Label Leaf Level ONE from the Green Freight Asia for its implementation of the Green Transport program. This is a prestigious guarantee of the commitment to environmental protection of ITL Corporation and Road Transport Center in the professional Logistics field.