16:18 | 02/04/2018 Science - Technology
(VEN) - In recent years, the Ministry of Science and Technology has made greater efforts to ease difficulties for export-import businesses, including reducing administrative procedures in the inspection of goods and changing from pre-check to post-inspection procedures.
Reducing administrative procedures
The Ministry of Science and Technology is a pioneer in applying the post-inspection mechanism. Under its direction (as laid out in Circular 07/2017/TT-BKHCN amending and supplementing Circular 27/2012/TT-BKHCN on the state inspection of the quality of imported goods under the management of the Ministry of Science and Technology), since October 1, 2017, goods subject to specialized inspection have been transferred to post-inspection.
At present, the ministry has shifted 91 percent of products and goods to post-inspection. Only two groups of products - petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) - must be pre-checked. The 2017 circular also provides provisions on inspection exemptions for imported goods. Specifically, the circular regulates one-year exemptions from inspections for specific goods. These include steel, helmets, children’s toys, and electrical and electronic equipment that have undergone three consecutive import inspections within six months and can provide a certificate of conformity with the national technical regulations.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has joined with 12 ministries and departments to review the list of potentially unsafe products and goods, and legal documents on customs clearance.
In addition, the Ministry of Science and Technology has undertaken conformity assessments for specialized inspection in accordance with the spirit of the Law on Product and Goods Quality. As of date, the ministry has appointed 69 conformity assessment organizations to serve the state management of products and goods under its management. The ministry has also promoted mutual recognition of conformity assessment results (multilateral, bilateral, and unilateral recognition) with foreign partners.
Tran Van Vinh, general director of the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality under the Ministry of Science and Technology, said specialized inspection procedures for goods under the ministry’s inspection took 13 days to complete in the past. However, with new management methods, the procedures do not take more than one day.
Vinh also said pre-checks would be tighter than post-inspections because businesses must prove their products and goods in accordance with all the provisions of the law before clearance. “The post-inspection mechanism will create favorable conditions for businesses. However it also requires companies to be disciplined and serious as they still have to take full responsibility before the law for the quality of imported goods,” Vinh said.
Ly Thi Phuong Trang, deputy general director of Daikin Vietnam, an air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturer, said changing from pre-check to post-inspection has helped the company save time and money. In the past, extensive documentation was required to export or import a shipment, with all documents related to components and products in every shipment copied for submission to the authorities. When ports were particularly congested, the company had to spend more on various fees, she said.
The Ministry of Science and Technology plans to coordinate with the Government Office and relevant ministries and departments to complete legal documents detailing pre-check and post-inspection procedures, and improve the law on the handling of administrative violations.