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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

At the event, themed “EVFTA – Opportunities for Vietnamese farm produce exports”, representatives of relevant ministries elaborated on tariff commitments, the tariff elimination roadmap and the rules of origin on goods under the EVFTA, as well as on how to take advantage of incentives from the deal.

Trinh Thi Thu Hien, head of the goods origin section under the Export-Import Department, stated that agro-products are classified into two types of goods. Accordingly, goods of pure origin (crops grown and harvested in member countries) will be subject to a 0% import tariff from the EU, while goods of non-pure origin will only enjoy preferential tariffs if meeting criteria concerning basic conversion, material quota, and processing stages.

Regarding the MOIT’s support for enterprises, the ministry issued an official dispatch on September 22 stipulating that batches of goods exported to the EU can still be registered for the certificate of origin (C/O) to enjoy preferential tariffs under the EVFTA, she said.

If businesses face problems with the importing countries, they may inform the C/O granting organisations or the Export-Import Department to receive timely assistance in the issue of goods origin, the official added.

* On the same day, the 2020 Vietnamese Craft Village and OCOP Product Fair opened in Hanoi, featuring more than 150 pavilions representing organisations and units from 30 cities and provinces across the country.

Delegates tour the pavilions at the fair. (Photo: VNA)

The annual event, held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, is introducing and selling traditional craft village products including jewellery, ceramics, crystal, mosaic sculpture, lacquer, rattan, embroidery, brocade weaving and silk. In addition, many agro-forestry and fishery products are also on display and sales, such as food, foodstuff, fruits and beverages of clear origins, especially OCOP-certified products.

Within the framework of the fair, the organisers also presented prizes and honoured the winners of the 2020 Vietnamese handicraft and fine arts product contest. A total of five first, five second, five third and 27 consolation prizes were awarded.

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