Tariff schedules, rules of origin and SPS regulations in ASEAN and EVFTA

11:03 | 29/06/2017 Cooperation

On June 26th and June 28th, 2017, the EU-MUTRAP Project, in collaboration with Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, organized the workshop “AEC and the EVFTA: Guidance on tariff schedule, Rules of origin and SPS regulations for Vietnam’s key export products” in Vung Tau and Quy Nhon respectively.

The workshop was held in order to raise awareness and understanding of enterprises about taking full advantage of opportunities and overcoming challenges brought about by the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Attending the workshops were representatives of departments, agencies, sectors, associations, producers and exporters in the Central and the South of Vietnam. Experts of the EU-MUTRAP introduced to participants commitments in the agreement, provided guidance on how to look up tariff rate in tariff schedules, how to get the certificate of origin as well as SPS regulations applied for key export products of localities such as seafood, footwear and wooden products.

Questions raised in the workshops were mainly about the difference between Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) currently applied by the EU and preferences in the EVFTA, show to make a cumulative sum to determine originality proportion of products, EU’s SPS regulations on agro-fishery products, on organic products, difficulties that local enterprises encounter in getting Certificate of Origin (C/O).

Answering these questions, experts of the EU-MUTRAP clarified Electronic C/O has been put into use. Enterprises should utilize this system to reduce unnecessary cost and save time in getting C/Os, also they should proactively study commitments, apply in the production and export, and benefit preferences from EVFTA. The workshops not only helped enterprises raise their awareness but also provided them guidance on how to manipulate commitments of this agreement in practice effectively.