Vietnam Net Bridge, 8 September 2015. Businesses fear state agency inspections, by Pham Huyen.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

VietNamNet Bridge – Import/export companies are complaining about legal procedures requiring inspection of their products that cost them hundreds of millions or billions of dong.

Nguyen Hoai Nam, deputy secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Circular No 48, said that enterprises have to have one of every 4-6 seafood batches examined.

Each of the batches has to be produced in 24 hours. A container comprises many different batches of goods…

Trinh Tu Anh, director of Indo Trading Company, said… (it) imports bamboo-made sleeping mats from China and is required to show quarantine certificates from Chinese agencies…

Regarding garment products, Anh said the company has 5-7 or even 10 samples examined daily, which consumes time and money…

An executive from the Vietnam-Australia Refrigeration Group said that the company imported four consignments of goods a month and has to pay… to have products tested for energy efficiency. “I wonder if the result of one test could be used for the next 6-12 months,” he said.

Heavy burden 

Pham Thanh Binh, consultant for the USAID-funded Vietnam Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG), confirmed that businesses have to spend a lot of money and time on examination procedures.

Binh cited a GIG survey which found that 70.6 percent of polled businesses said it took 7-15 days to obtain certificates of conformity…

 

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