British Embassy Hanoi
Intervention with the Vietnamese authorities results in a temporary import permit covering all UK plant ingredients to Vietnam, required by newly introduced regulations and release of a UK company’s shipment. We are now seeking permanent registration by 31 December.
On 9 July, we learned that a shipment from the UK had been held at Haiphong Port due to new import regulations for plant-derived products which had come into force on 1 July. This was the first case we had heard of a UK shipment being blocked because of these new regulations.
In consultation with the UK company affected, we approached the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) for a temporary import permit so that the goods (which were perishable) could be released immediately. As a result, a temporary permit has been issued which allows for the import of all UK plant-derived products, and for the release of the shipment in question. This is valid until 31 December 2013.
Regulatory changes of this sort are very common in Vietnam. Dozens of new requirements emerge each quarter, which can be challenging for importers. We continue to stress to the Vietnamese Government the importance of simplifying procedures. We will now work with the appropriate departments towards permanent registration.
We also need to ensure better communication about regulatory changes to help prevent this sort of case in the future. We are exploring new channels to disseminate changes to UK exporters, including the Open to Export website and webinars.
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Topics: Legislation & Regulation