Ha Noi tax department uses IT to prevent tax losses

Vietnamese catfish exporters are concerned that the door for their products to enter the U.S. will be narrowed after a new inspection rule takes effect next month. From August 2, all Vietnamese catfish shipments to the U.S. must be transferred to official import inspection establishments specified by the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for re-inspection before they can be forwarded to importers and sold to American end-consumers. The requirement is part of a series of new regulations stipulated by the U.S. farm bill, or the Agricultural Act of 2014, that was signed into law on February 7, 2014. One of the biggest changes in the bill is that Vietnamese seafood entering the U.S. will be required to follow regulations set forth by the FSIS under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rather than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as was previously the case. The food safety standard regulated by the FSIS is a big change from the standards applied by the FDA and may take Vietnam many years to adapt to, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP). For instance, according to a 2016 report, the FSIS will require a review of 100 percent of imported products starting September 2017, instead of the only one percent required by the FDA. Truong Dinh Hoe, VASEP general secretary, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper earlier this week that the new requirement that catfish exports be re-inspected before delivery to…... [read more]

Addressing the April 26-28 regular Government monthly meeting in Hanoi, Mr Khai said he agreed with objectives laid out by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. However, he said that more measures are needed to ensure the country’s human resources meet the needs of socio-economic development in coming years. PM Khai stressed that several inherent shortcomings needed to be addressed soon. He said Vietnam's economic growth remained below the country's actual capacity, and that levels of quality and competitiveness were not optimal. The nation's finance, real estate, science and technology and labour markets have emerged slowly, and have not yet met the needs of the people, he added. Mr Khai said he wanted the ministry to prioritise investment in irrigation systems to ensure water supplies and drainage systems for farms and aqua-culture centres are adequate, and continue to develop agricultural production and processing centres over the next five years. Bio-technology applications in agricultural production, preferential policies for developing small- and medium-sized enterprises, and the establishment of job villages in rural areas are all important aspects of future growth, said the Prime Minister. To mitigate the threat of corruption, the Government planned to establish independent supervision and consulting agencies, to avoid the collusion between investors, contractors, consultants and supervisors within ministries, he added.Deputy PM Nguyen Tan Dzung said the country would complete planning systems concerning land use nation-wide by 2007, and strengthen supervision, examination and inspection procedures concerning land usage. A representative of the Ministry of Planning and Investment reported that…... [read more]

Following is the full text of the declaration. We, the Heads of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Union of Myanmar, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam on 7th November 2008 for the 3rd Summit of the Ayeyawady - Chao Phraya - Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (hereinafter referred to as ACMECS). We reaffirmedourdetermination to deepen the traditional relations of friendship, good neighbourliness and mutual benefits among the ACMECS countries in the light of the Bagan Declaration. We appreciated the significant outcomes of the 3rd GMS Summit in March 2008 in Vientiane, Lao PDR and reaffirmed our strong commitments to strengthen the closer cooperation in the implementation of the Vientiane Plan of Action 2008-2012 to realise the vision of developing the Mekong sub-region into a region of “integrity, harmony and prosperity”. We reviewed the implementation of the Second ACMECS Summit Declaration and the ACMECS Plan of Action with satisfaction on the significant progress in the areas of cooperation such as trade and investment facilitation, transport, agriculture, industry and energy, public health, tourism and human resource development. We were fully aware of the need for the ACMECS countries to redouble their efforts individually and collectively to move ACMECS forward more effectively and substantively, not only for the interests and benefits of the ACMECS countries, but also for the acceleration of economic integration and development in the Mekong sub-region. We hereby declared as follows: 1.In trade and investment…... [read more]

By Thai Hang - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The amount of meat imported into the country via HCMC from January through October tumbled by half to only 60,000 tons due to tighter control and lower demand, said Veterinary Center 6 under the agriculture ministry. Nguyen Xuan Binh, director of Veterinary Center 6 in charge of quality control for meat import into HCMC and neighboring provinces from Ninh Thuan southward to Tien Giang, attributed the fall to prolonged inspection procedures and falling domestic demand. Binh explained to the Daily that stricter quality requirements made customs clearance more time-consuming and thus higher costs for importers. Since July 1, the agriculture ministry has imposed new requirements on meat products imports, including health certificates issued by authorities from exporting countries, which is meant to prevent substandard meat to enter Vietnam. This is among the measures ordered by the Government to reduce trade deficit and protect local farmers. Local traders admit to more difficulties due to new requirements. Nguyen Van Sang, an executive at San Viet Co. as a meat importer, told the Daily that it usually took him two weeks now to have the customs clearing his goods, compared to just a couple of days earlier. “It takes one week to get the paperwork through the Ministry of Industry and Trade and another week for the veterinary bureau to test and issue the certificate for the goods while a year ago it took me only three or four days to pass through…... [read more]

Some VND1.6 trillion to upgrade bauxite route By Anh Quan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam under the Ministry of Transport has submitted to the Government a plan for upgrading the alumina transport route at an estimated cost of about VND1.6 trillion, or some US$770 million The bauxite route, linking the alumina factory Tan Rai in Lam Dong Province and Go Dau Port in Dong Nai Province, comprises of Provincial Road 725 in Lam Dong and National Highway 20 and Provincial Road 769 in Dong Nai. After inspection, transport officials concluded that the current condition of these roads is unsuitable for bauxite transport. In particular, the Directorate said La Nga and Gia Duc bridges on National Highway 20 cannot stand the 40-ton trucks and thus need urgent upgrade. During the upgrade progress, temporary bridges may be built next to the current ones for travelling. Meanwhile, the road surface is proposed to be covered with a concrete and plastic layer of 5-7 centimeters thick in case the expansion cannot be timely completed. As for Provincial Road 769, three new bridges will be built along with road expansion and surface upgrade. Similarly, Provincial Road 725 must also have a bridge and road surface improved. Besides, some dangerous turns will also be fixed to ensure traffic safety. As calculated, the total capital for this upgrade projects is some VND1.6 trillion, in which Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industry Group (Vinacomin) as the exploiter of bauxite will contribute…... [read more]

Possible seed shortage to hurt Dalat farmers By Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – A new regulation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will lead numerous veggie and flower farmers to lack seeds and seedlings, according to the Dalat Flower Association. Tran Huy Duong, chairman of the association, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a decision in 2007 on quarantine certification for plants imported into the country to prevent the spread of foreign plant diseases to Vietnam. In reality, the decision had not been put into force until August this year, but many veggies and flower farmers had not prepared themselves for this. Enterprises often work out their import plans for the whole year. The Plant Protection Department still insisted on applying the ministry’s rule in August this year, which would result in a shortage of seeds and seedlings in the foreseeable future, Duong said. Under the new regulation, those wanting to import plants must apply for quarantine certification by submitting Annex 1. After obtaining this certification, enterprises must fill in Annex 2 to affirm that seeds and seedlings are free from diseases. Such strict inspection procedures must be applied on plant seeds imported for the first time. However, it will likely cause barriers for enterprises importing common seeds. Dalat is the largest flower planting and exporting area in the country, accounting for 40% of flower farming area and 50% of output in the country. This Central Highlands city produces around 10…... [read more]

Steel firms want regulations on steel quality revised The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – Member enterprises of the Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) have proposed the ministries of industry-trade and science-technology adjust regulations on quality management for imported products to aid local steelmakers. Vu Van Thanh, deputy general director of Hoa Sen Group, said Circular 44 has worked well as a technical barrier to the import of low-quality steel from China, Vietnam News Agency reports. But the circular has not produced as many positive results as expected due to unclear requirements which allow exporters and importers to make their deals, thus making it hard for competent agencies to inspect the quality of steel imports, Thanh told a 2014 review conference on the steel industry in Hanoi on Tuesday. Therefore, VSA wants State agencies to revise regulations in the circular to tighten controls on imported products to protect domestic manufacturers of quality products. Representatives of other steel firms noted that Circular 44 just protects construction steel only and should do the same for galvanized and color-coated steel sheets because the import of these products is large in volume. VSA suggested State agencies consider adjusting import tariffs on galvanized and color-coated steel sheets in order to support local steelmakers. Clear requirements should be applied to imported galvanized and color-coated steel sheets to prevent trade fraud and counterfeits. The association also proposed simplifying inspection procedures to prevent cargo congestion at ports and help importers save time and money. According to VSA, the local steel…... [read more]

Think tanks unite for world class furniture testing and emissions laboratory Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Quality Assurance and Testing Centre 3 (QUATEST3) announced the signing of an Alliance Agreement to develop a furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory in Vietnam. The goal of the agreement is to construct a world-class product testing facility and garner expertise in regulations that will enable Vietnamese furniture manufacturers to expand to global markets. "The Vietnamese furniture market is poised for tremendous global growth and QUATEST3 is an ideal partner for UL to erect a local laboratory," said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager at UL Environment. "Together, we can provide local testing to award certifications and conform to regulations, and act as an active bridge between global retailers and local Vietnamese suppliers." Under the leadership and management of QUATEST3, who brings extensive knowledge of the Vietnamese furniture market and a skilled workforce to the deal, the facility will feature UL's world-class furniture testing equipment to demonstrate quality, durability, and strength. The lab, which is slated to open in early 2017, will also feature environmental chambers to test hazardous chemical emissions from furniture, building materials, electronics, and formulated products. According to Lam Hoang, director of QUATEST3, the new facility will give local manufacturers an advantage with convenient access to advanced testing facilities, and enable them to gain global competitiveness. It will give manufacturers local access to testing in two critical areas: furniture durability and performance, which is critically important to demonstrate that products are…... [read more]

Energy label certification to be abolished Lan Nhi HANOI - The Ministry Industry and Trade has announced it will quickly nullify the requirement for enterprises to obtain energy label certification for customs clearance, having adopted this troublesome practice for four years. Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh chaired a meeting this Tuesday to review the regulations on energy labeling, an industry-specific inspection procedure established in 2012 by his ministry. Ever since its promulgation and enforcement, the procedure has made life harder for enterprises, causing damage totaling hundreds of billions of dong due to a "discrepancy" among the rules on testing for customs clearance. The Ministry of Planning and Investment and the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham) earlier sent written objection to this practice, saying it has added yet another troublesome administrative procedure and thus adversely affected the competitiveness of businesses. Every year, thousands of imported items are obliged to have a certificate of energy labeling for customs clearance. Enterprises have to ask the General Department of Energy for energy labels as a form of license before their imports go into circulation as per Circular 07/2012 of the ministry. Noting down the opinions of relevant agencies in the process of business environment reform as directed by the Government, Minister Tran Tuan Anh decided to amend Circular 07 to remove difficulties and troubles for enterprises. He stressed the main objective of energy labeling was to limit the products with energy efficiency below the minimum level rather than to…... [read more]

Vietnam Expo 2016 to be held in HCM City The 14th Vietnam Expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City from November 30 to December 3. It is expected to draw the participation of businesses from more than 20 countries and territories, including Indonesia, the Republic of Korea (RoK), China, and Taiwan. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, with the sponsorship of Mobifone, the event provides a platform for businesses to meet, expand business and promote trade and investment. Indonesia is the country of honour at this year’s expo, sending over 60 businesses to display modern technology products in the event. The RoK’s state businesses and provincial trade organisations, such as the Bucheon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representatives of Incheon, Suwon, Daejeon authorities, will be among those present. Nearly 100 RoK businesses will introduce their latest technologies, services and products to the expo. The event will see first time participation of hard ware tools and eco-friendly technologies. Environmental issues and solutions for the manufacturing industry will also be discussed at those booths. The organising board said through the past 13 Vietnam Expos, various agreements and projects were signed. Vietnam light industry park to be set up in Moscow Authorities of Ho Chi Minh City and Moscow are working together to establish a light industry park for Vietnamese enterprises in the Russian capital. According to the Ho Chi Minh City Trade and Promotion Centre, the park is expected to cover…... [read more]

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