Vietnam Strictly Crack Down on Mislabeling Products as Vietnamese to Avoid Tarriffs

Diep Nguyen

15:51 12/06/2019

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Vietnam does not have any legal requirements for certification of the "Made in Vietnam" label. The country's current regulations require that goods be produced partly or completely in Vietnam, but does not provide a mechanism for determining the veracity of the label.

Vietnam Strictly Crack Down on Mislabeling Products as Vietnamese to Avoid Tarriffs
Under the circumstance when the US – China trade war intensifies and creating many effects on the Vietnam’s economic development, many experts predict that there is high possibility that the products from the high tarriff countries will find their ways illegally into Vietnam then re-export into US, European and Japanese markets.
Recently, Vietnam Customs Director Nguyen Van Can said that Vietnam Customs is aggressively directing local customs agencies to launch intensive checking programs, in which the Certificate of Origins and brandnames are checked to avoid foreign imported products masked as Vietnamese products. 
Textiles, fishery products, agricultural products, steel, aluminum, and processed wooden products were most vulnerable to the fraud. Some foreign media channels have reported about this incident. 
As reported by USA Today, Vietnamese local state media noted that in 2017, the Customs Department exposed a company called INTERWYSE for trying to rebrand 600 Chinese-made speakers and phone chargers with a "Made in Vietnam" label.  
"It will sabotage Vietnamese brands and products and it will also affect consumers. We could even get tariff retribution from other countries, and if that happens, it will hurt our economy," Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh told the Vietnamese National Assembly last week. 
Vietnam does not have any legal requirements for certification of the "Made in Vietnam" label. The country's current regulations require that goods be produced partly or completely in Vietnam, but does not provide a mechanism for determining the veracity of the label.

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