Government to allow food importers to self declare

 In a policy turnaround, the Government has said it is determined to assist food and beverage importers and producers by reducing inspection times, costs and criteria, opting for businesses to make self declarations instead of being constantly watchdogged by officials.Decree No 15, effective since February 2, 2018, dictates several changes, the most notable of which is giving firms the right to self-declare food-product origins and quality, replacing the long-standing method of keeping records at public management agencies. Decree No 15, effective since February 2, 2018, dictates several changes, the most notable of which is giving firms the right to self-declare food-product origins and quality, replacing the long-standing method of keeping records at public management agencies (Source: news.chinhphu.vn) As such, only a handful of food products will now require special inspection by the Ministry of Health before entering the general market.Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Minister of Health, said on the Vietnam Customs’ online portal, that once the new regulations were in place, about 95 percent of food imports would not be subject to specialised inspection.However, regular inspections would still apply to all imports, unless otherwise specified.Long added that regular inspection time would also be shortened from seven to three working days, while specialised inspection time would be shortened from 10 to seven working days.He said the new decree aimed to dramatically reduce registration procedures and transfer time between pre-check and post-inspection to create favourable conditions for producing and importing food businesses.By his estimate, Vietnamese firms throughout the country would save about… [Read full story]

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