(VOV) - Starting on July 1, fruits and vegetables imported to Vietnam need certificates of origin (COs), announced Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Diep Kinh Tan, at a press briefing on June 30.
Deputy Minister Tan said that the requirement of COs for imports to Vietnam goes in line with the country’s commitments to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), showing equal treatment among WTO members.
Vietnamese exports must also follow strict regulations before entering foreign markets, he added.
According to Nguyen Nhu Tiep, Deputy Head of the Seafood, Farm and Forestry Produce
Quality Control Department, it is important to require COs from all products imported to Vietnam to ensure food hygiene and safety.
By June 30, four countries namely the US, Canada, Australia and Thailand had registered to follow COs regulations of Vietnam.