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Vietnam eliminates over 500 lines of tariffs on Cuban imports

02:00 | 20/04/2020

The Vietnamese government has decided to eliminate 514 lines of tariffs on Cuban imports with effect from April, while another 49 will be reduced gradually until 2023, VGP reported on April 19.

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Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Cuban Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz signed the Vietnam - Cuba Trade Agreement under the witness of Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers Miguel Diaz Canel on November 9, 2018. (Photo: congthuong.vn)

The immediate tariff elimination applies to certain fish and shrimp, honey, some kinds of fruit such as pineapple, avocado, guava and mango, cement, chromite, disinfectant and protective suits.

Tariffs on sugar and unprocessed tobacco will be cut to 15% over the next four years while cigarettes and cigars will see tariffs reduced to 70%.

Vietnam will also lower tariffs on Cuba’s alcoholic drinks to 20% over the next four years.

The agreement, signed in Hanoi on November 9, 2018, replaced the agreement between the two Governments on trade and other forms of economic cooperation, signed in 1996. The agreement, which provides many new preferential trade commitments, is expected to gradually raise economic and trade cooperation between the two countries on a par with good bilateral political relations.

With 14 chapters, the Vietnam - Cuba Trade Agreement includes provisions on goods trade, rules of origin, customs management and trade facilitation, technical standards, food safety, plant and animal quarantine, and economic and trade cooperation. Accordingly, the two sides committed to abolishing or reducing taxes for nearly 100% of items imported from each other's market within 5 years.

The new pact is expected to elevate Vietnamese-Cuban economic, trade and investment cooperation to a level commensurate with their fine bilateral relationship.

In particular, the agreement will bring tremendous benefits to the business communities of the two sides, create favorable conditions for the import and export of goods to each other's markets, and promote two-way trade turnover, contributing to bringing Vietnam-Cuba economic and trade relations to new height.

Under the agreement, the two sides pledge to eliminate or reduce tariffs on almost all goods imported from the other country in five years.

Over the past years, Vietnam - Cuba economic and trade cooperation has made significant progress, with two-way trade turnover of over USD200 million per year. Cuba is always one of the ten key markets of Vietnam in Latin America./.

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