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EU inspects Vietnamese shrimp exporting firms
2017-04-19 14:59:30 copyfrom： hits:
Shrimp processing plant. (Photo: VASEP)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
Several Vietnamese shrimp exporters have been examined by European Union (EU) inspectors on account of European authorities’ concerns over the designation of origin of the products.
The announcement was made by deputy director of the Import-Export Department Tran Thanh Hai, under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, speaking at the 2017 annual economic forum held by Can Tho People's Committee on April 13, Vietnam.net reported.
The director explained that the firms subjected to inspections are located in Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces and advised shrimp export enterprises to pay close attention to the EU requirements for designation of origin, since Vietnam enjoys preferential tariffs and must guarantee the Vietnamese origin of products exported to the EU countries.
As EU import tariffs for Vietnam's shrimp are much lower than those for India, the EU side suspected that Vietnamese enterprises may have imported shrimp from India and then shipped it to the EU.
Specifically, the tariff for unprocessed shrimp imports from Vietnam is 4.2 per cent, compared to 12 per cent for India and for semi-processed shrimp, Vietnam enjoys a tax rate of about 7 per cent while that of India is 20 per cent.
"To export products to the EU, enterprises must ensure food hygiene, safety and origin. Although this is a common requirement of other choosy markets such as the United States and Japan, the EU’s requirements are most stringent," Hai remarked.
For his part, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said that the EU was suspicious of the fraudulent designation of origin of Vietnamese shrimp and some other seafood products.
However, Tam pointed out that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has written to the EU affirming that there is no circumvention of Vietnam shrimp trade to the EU.
"We are ready to meet the EU inspection team and Vietnam won’t let the benefits of a few businesses affect the prestige of Vietnam’s fishery industry," said Tam.
A number of countries have issued regulations which Vietnamese enterprises see as technical barriers to their exports, said the Department for Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. This is the case of Australia, South Korea and China, for example.
Although technical barriers vary among nations, shrimp exporters must comply with all regulations of the import markets. Therefore, when exporting to different markets, enterprises should pay attention to such rules, said the department.
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