GENERAL INFORMATION

Quality control 

Quality control and food safety assurance have always been one of the most important task for Vietnam seafood, especially in processing and exporting.

The fishery sector in recent years have been developing towards sustainability, ensuring exported seafood products can be easy for traceability and well – controlled quality in the whole chain production from seeds to finished products.

Seafood quality and food safety is managed in the chain transferred from Control of Final Products from 80s of last century to Control of Production Process (today).  

Chemicals and Residues Monitoring

Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products implemented since 2000 in over the country including concentrated aquaculture areas, species with large yield, all crops in all year round. These results are recognized by the U.S, EU, South Korea..

Post harvest seafood quality and safety monitoring program implemented since 2009 in over the country including fishing seafood, aquaculture products (criteria and species not included by the Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products).

Up to December 2015, there are 612 plants meeting national standards of hygiene, 100% plants applied HACCP, 461 EU-qualified (EU code) plants and many factories applied GMP, SSOP.   

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets  

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets

(Updated: Nov 2015)

No

Export markets

Update time

Proposed update time

1

Europe (EU)

6 Jan 2016

26 Jan 2016

2

South Korean

2 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016

3

China

1 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016

4

Brazil

22 Dec 2015

 

5

Argentine

28 Jan 2016

 

6

Ukraine (list of pangasius producers)

9 Jan 2014

 

7

Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyryzstan)

21 Jun 2015

 

8

El Salvado

 

7 May 2010

9

List of bivalve molluck processors exporting to EU

8 Dec 2015

 

10

List of seasoned dried leather jacket fish processors exporting to Korea

25 Dec 2015

25 Dec 2015

11

The list of exporters qualified for food safety assurance (updated by Vietnam customs)

2 Feb 2016

 

12

List of processors eligible in exporting pangasius to the US.

9 Mar 2016

 

 

CPTPP officially comes into force in Vietnam

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) officially came into force in Vietnam on January 14, promising to open up opportunities for many industries to boost exports, but also posing challenges for businesses which require them to devise long-term strategies to increase their competitiveness in the global market.

With 11 member countries, the CPTPP accounts for 13.4 percent of the global GDP and will be the third biggest economic bloc in the world, only after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the European Union (EU).

In terms of commitment, the CPTPP has been evaluated by experts as the most forward-thinking and wide-ranging cooperation agreement at this time.

Le Dang Doanh, a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy, said the CPTPP is a new stride for Vietnam in international economic integration.

The participation in the deal will help Vietnam multilateralise its economic and trade relations, and avoid risks from being too dependent on several major markets.

Tran Quoc Khanh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, said the CPTPP will create opportunities for wood and timber product exporters.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Leather, Footwear, and Handbag Association (LEFASO) Diep Thanh Kiet said the deal as well as as other new-generation free trade agreements not only create advantages in tariff preferences, but also greatly benefit the Vietnamese economy in general, and its leather and footwear industry in particular, by promoting institutional reforms to boost business development.

For their part, Vietnamese firms have been accelerating preparations to optimise opportunities to expand exports.

Tran Huu Phuoc, Finance Director of Tran Hiep Thanh Textile JSC, said his firm is building a garment-textile factory worth around 1 trillion VND (42.9 million USD).

Pham Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Garments and Textiles, Embroidery, and Knitwear, said Vietnamese garment-textile products that meet CPTPP technical standards will enjoy zero percent tariff.

Businesses in the association are pushing ahead with human resources training and technological reforms to maximise on opportunities from the pact. They are also opening training courses for workers to better meet requirements on the quality of products in the upcoming orders, Hong added.

Nguyen Van Thoi , Chairman of TNG Investment and Trade JSC - the biggest garment-textile company in the northern province of Thai Nguyen – said that his firm started preparations to meet CPTPP standards five years ago, meaning it now stands ready to ensure the majority of the deal’s requirements.

The company also mapped out plans to shift to importing materials from intra-bloc countries and build its own material production plant instead of importing from countries that do not enjoy CPTPP incentives.

Alongside the business community, multiple localities have also made essential preparations to effectively implement the agreement.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of northern Vinh Phuc province Le Duy Thanh said his province has built resolutions and put forth solutions to support businesses and create the optimal environment for businesses.

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, Director of the WTO Integration Centre under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), suggested the Government, ministries, localities, and business associations promote the provision of information on the CPTPP for businesses and individuals.

Businesses themselves should proactively seek information on commitments relevant to their sectors and most importantly focus on improving their competitiveness, she said.

Huynh Van Hanh, Vice Chairman of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City, said that besides meeting requirements on the origin of products and social responsibility, businesses should also be ready for competition with foreign investors.

The Government is scheduled to promulgate an action programme for the smooth and effective enforcement of the deal.

Businesses should exert more efforts to turn challenges into motivations in reforming technologies, reducing production costs, and increasing the quality of products and their competitive edge, all as a means to expanding cooperation with foreign partners to get deeper involved in the global supply chain.

Earlier, the CPTPP officially came into force on December 30, 2018 in Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia, the first six countries to ratify the pact.

The pact was signed by 11 member states, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam in March 2018.

VNA


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