Tuoi Tre News, 15 September 2015. Vietnam to allow firms to make military uniforms for other countries.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

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Vietnamese apparel businesses will be permitted to bid for outsourcing contracts to supply uniforms to military forces of other countries, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Local firms had sought permission to make, supply and export uniforms for foreign military forces, and Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has given them the nod, the ministry said in a document sent to its national defense and public security counterparts…

The customs agency will need such a license to allow businesses to import the product samples and materials, and will strictly oversee the use of the materials until the export stage, the trade ministry elaborated.

The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) once complained that local businesses have lost contracts worth billions of U.S. dollars to foreign competitors just because they are not allowed to take army uniform orders from other countries…

Such prohibition has prevented many Vietnamese firms from receiving outsourcing orders from international customers.

In 2014, May Hoa Binh JSC, a VITAS member, got an order to produce uniforms for the police unit in the Australian state of Tasmania.

According to the contract proposal, the Australian side would supply sample products and all necessary materials for the Vietnamese firm.

But the shipment of the samples and materials was rejected by customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, who cited the defense ministry’s directive as saying they are banned products, according to Bao Dat Viet newspaper.

The Australian partner thus had to look to another country to find the supplier…