China will apply a number of new policies for agricultural, forestry and fishery products exported from Vietnam. Therefore, along with popularizing propaganda for people and businesses, it is necessary to carefully prepare the conditions for exporting agricultural products to meet the criteria set by the China.
Tighten importing quarantine
At an online working session between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and provinces with border gates to export agricultural products to China recently, Mr. Bui Van Khang - Vice Chairman of the People's Committee Quang Ninh province - Information, China Customs has just issued a document to apply new regulations on food safety control, origin of imported goods, effective from January 1, 2022.
Import and export activities at Huu Nghi - Lang Son international border gate area
When the document comes into effect, China will certainly apply stricter control measures on food safety and origin. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should soon disseminate to localities to guide farmers to produce according to standards, with planting area codes; businesses (DN) meet your regulations on packaging, labeling, and quality.
Meanwhile, Mr. Luong Trong Quynh - Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Lang Son province - informed that Vietnam is currently allowed to export to China including 9 types of fruits including: dragon fruit, longan, mango, litchi, banana, jackfruit, etc. rambutan, watermelon, mangosteen. However, up to 8/9 fruits have not yet signed agreements on phytosanitary (recently signed Protocol on plant quarantine for mangosteen). So when exporting to China, we still have to check 100% of the shipments. Therefore, the time for customs clearance of goods is longer than that of other countries, such as Thailand, with 30% inspection. Facing the complicated epidemic situation, your side requires that fruit products transported by refrigerated containers must do well in epidemic prevention.
Therefore, localities recommend that export units must capture daily information on quantity and standards of agricultural products imported from China. Especially, do not bring fruit at the garden without a phytosanitary certificate, not yet packed at the workshops that the General Department of Customs has confirmed. 8 types of fruits that have not been signed by China to the Phytosanitary Protocol need to comply with strict quarantine requirements before customs clearance.
Preparing scripts carefully
According to a report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the total export turnover of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the first 6 months of 2021 is USD 8.67 billion, up 38.8% over the same period last year. In which, exports reached more than 6.17 billion USD, up 35.8%.
Exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery products to China increased sharply, but trade with this billion-people market is currently facing many difficulties and obstacles when the Chinese side tightens strict control on goods quality standards, food hygiene and safety for agricultural products, fruits and vegetables imported from Vietnam. Therefore, it is necessary to have coordination from ministries, branches and localities of Vietnam and China to jointly facilitate the clearance of agricultural products.
On the side of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mr. Tran Quoc Toan - Deputy Director of the Import-Export Department - Ministry of Industry and Trade said that he would work closely with the Chinese side to get the earliest information on the import and export policies of agricultural products. Continuously update information on border gates and border gates to promptly reflect and help relevant ministries and branches to handle arising problems early. From there, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development can adjust the season, as well as the way of preserving and processing agricultural, forestry and fishery products in disease conditions.
At the same time, it is proposed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development immediately deploy information and guidance to localities and businesses on new regulations on food safety control, origin of imported goods, effective from January 1, 2022. . Accelerate the signing of the Phytosanitary Protocol for the above eight fruits, creating favorable conditions for official fruit exports to the Chinese market. The Chinese Embassy in Vietnam is requested to regularly discuss with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and border localities about China's new mechanisms and policies so that ministries, branches and localities can understand. jointly implement to create favorable conditions for import and export activities of the two sides. In the context that road and waterway traffic is tightened to control the Covid-19 epidemic, according to Mr. To Ngoc Son - Deputy Director of the Asia-Africa Market Department (Ministry of Industry and Trade), referring to the issue of: on the feasibility and coordination in the implementation of import and export goods through the railway system. "One train can carry dozens of containers, which means we can reduce that number of vehicles on the road," said Mr. Son. According to Mr. Son, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is developing a quarantine protocol on the railway, based on the quarantine of roads and waterways. If the problems of rail gauge or refrigerated containers can be overcome, this will be a potential mode of trade between Vietnam and China.
Before the recommendations of localities, ministries and branches, Mr. Phung Duc Tien - Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development - requested the units of the Ministry to continuously update information from the Chinese side, in addition to the written production instructions, it is necessary to further guide by online, directly at the facility so that people and localities can produce to meet the requirements in export. The Plant Protection Department needs to minimize plant quarantine procedures to the extent permitted. “We need to prepare very carefully from the code of the planting area, farming area, animal and plant quarantine, farming process, to packaging, packaging and transportation. To do so, the parties must constantly keep in touch and inform each other," emphasized Deputy Minister Phung Duc Tien. Committed to working together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to facilitate the customs clearance of agricultural products, Mr. Ho Toa Cam - Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam - said, recommendations of localities, ministries and branches concerned in removing difficulties and obstacles in the export of agricultural and aquatic products between the two sides, requesting the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to report to the Embassy in the form of A note for our side to immediately send to the relevant ministries and branches of China. At the same time, it is proposed to set up online conferences to help the two countries directly solve difficulties before answering in writing.
Mr. Ho Toa Cam, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam: It is proposed that the two sides soon complete the signing of the Protocol on plant quarantine for 8 types of fruits (dragon fruit, watermelon, rambutan, mango, litchi, longan, banana, and jackfruit), creating favorable conditions for fruit export. official trees to the Chinese market.
Source: Nguyen Hanh - Industry and Trade Newspaper