On 12 March 2020, Hauphan provincial administration office has issued a notification, to 10 district governors across the province and related organizations, on temporary closure of ten border checkpoints in Huaphan Province bordering Vietnam as part of efforts to prevent an outbreak of the new corona virus (COVID-19).
According to the notification, the ten traditional border checkpoints are Namtai, Thalao, Meauangkeum, Phiengpheua, Mongnam, Nakhang, Sobdoung, Pao, Yothiew and Daendin. Another four checkpoints will remain open, namely the Namsoiy (Na Meo) international checkpoint, as well as Ban Darn, Pa Hang, and Somvang.
Separately, the province also decided to suspend the exports of agricultural products to Vietnam after suspending imports of all seafood, fruit and meat products.
Most of the goods imported from Vietnam are consumer products such as seafood, fruit and household appliance as well as construction materials, while Vietnam imports agricultural goods, livestock and wood products from Laos,” said by Mr. Vidavong Heuangmisouk, head of the administration office, Department of Industry and Commerce of Hauphan Province. In addition, Vietnam is ranked among the top three trading partners of Laos along with Thailand and China.
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