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Supply Chain

China's COVID opening promises relief for Vietnam's supply chain

As truckers rush to the border, factory goods flow but trade demand ebbs

Trucking is picking up along the China-Vietnam border as Beijing relaxes its COVID restrictions, with some trucks now crossing in less than a minute. (File photo by Getty Images) 

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Hundreds of trucks from Vietnam have lined up for the reopening of the border with China, boosting hopes that supply chains will unsnarl from Chinese COVID curbs that last year left goods stranded for weeks at a time.

While the reopening should ease trade for two of the world's top exporters of phones and clothes, a global slowdown is sapping demand for their wares.

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