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Vietnam proposes exemption of Covid-19 check on products exported to China

Rosemary Nguyen Rosemary Nguyen

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May 14, 2021 | 08:06

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed that the Chinese General Department of Customs exempt testing for SARS-CoV-2 on Vietnamese frozen agricultural and fishery products exported to China.

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Amid the complicated development of Covid-19 in Vietnam, China tends to tighten pandemic preventive measures at border gates, affecting circulation of Vietnamese exports to China.

Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien sent a document to the Chinese General Department of Customs asking for collaboration on customs clearance at border gates in order not to disrupt exports, at the same time, observing preventive regulations.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade affirmed that it will continue to closely coordinate with relevant ministries and localities sharing borders with China to closely monitor the pandemic’s prevention and control work, and the clearance of import and export goods through land border gates with China.

In a related move, as the production and consumption of agricultural products may face certain difficulties from Covid-19, particularly near the harvest season, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked relevant agencies to keep a close watch on the situation and offer timely support to farmers and exporters.

The Plant Protection Department has been urged to keep track of and update plant protection bureaus on changes in China’s plant hygiene regulations to avoid congestion at border gates, while supporting localities to enhance their exports to China, Japan, and the US.

The Agro Processing and Market Development Authority will hold online conferences with trade counsellors and head of the Vietnamese trade office in China to outline plans to export agricultural products to the country.

The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department has been requested to identify feasible measures to ensure the smooth distribution of goods, in particular materials for agricultural production in pandemic-hit localities.

According to the Plant Protection Department, many localities have already made contact to complete procedures for shipments to China, Japan, and the US.

Production unit codes and packaging facilities have been completed in all localities, helping them be ready to ship lychees abroad./.

Vietnamese farm products, including frozen seafood and agricultural items, were stuck at ports and northern border gates last November after China tightened its inspection policies for Covid-19 control over imported goods, VOV reported.

China was Vietnam’s second largest export market in the first four months of this year with a value of 16.8 billion USD, up 32.4 percent year-on-year, according to General Statistics Office.

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