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adminici | 19/03/2021

Deadline for conversion to ISO 22000: 2018 version until June 29, 2021

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) issued ISO 22000: 2018 to replace ISO 22000: 2005 on June 19, 2018. The Guidelines of the International Accreditation Forum - IAF: the deadline for businesses to transition to ISO 22000: 2018 version is June 29, 2021. What is ISO 22000 certification? The ISO 22000 system is the world's most popular food safety management system standard for organizations and businesses in the food chain. Currently, enterprises that own an ISO 22000 certified management system will be more appreciated than many competitors. This certification is seen as a commitment in the control of hazards affecting food safety, ensuring safe and healthy food products for consumers. ISO 22000: 2018 replaces ISO 22000: 2005 on June 19, 2018 For exporters, ISO 22000 certificate is also considered as a "passport" for food products that want to export to many foreign markets, especially fastidious markets such as the US and Europe. , Japan, Australia, ... Importers and consumers in these markets are very interested in safe and quality products. Internationally recognized certification will make it easier for businesses to prove their product quality and more trust. Why do businesses need to convert the ISO 22000: 2005 system to ISO 22000: 2018? On June 19, 2018, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) issued the ISO 22000: 2018 version to replace ISO 22000: 2005 with many new points and new approaches, giving businesses better control. , Ensure food safety. Follow the guidance of the International Accreditation Forum - IAF (International Accreditation Forum). ISO 22000: 2005 certified organizations have 3 years (from the date the new version is issued) to transition to ISO 22000: 2018.  

adminici | 16/03/2021

“Opportunities” for exporting Vietnamese agricultural products to the European Union market

The European Union (EU) is a large, diversified and well-priced agricultural consumer market. In 2019, the EU imported $ 166 billion of raw and processed agricultural products. However, Vietnam's agricultural exports to this market until the time before the Vietnam - EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) came into effect is very modest. Enforcement of rules of origin in the EVFTA agreement: Take advantage of it New EU regulation on organic products for grain, bean and oilseed exporters Export turnover of agricultural products In 2019, Vietnam's agricultural exports to the EU only reached 3.4 billion USD. In which, approximately 70% (2.35 billion USD) is raw agricultural products (coffee, tea, cashew, rice, ...). In addition to the factors of product quality, processing capacity, geographical distance, ... tax and non-tax barriers are an important reason why Vietnam has not effectively exploited this potential market. While raw agricultural products are entitled to a 0% rate, processed goods are taxed. Many Vietnamese agricultural products with export potential (rice, cassava, garlic, mushrooms, sugar ...) do not have the opportunity to access this market because they are regulated by quotas. From August 1, 2020, the EVFTA Agreement came into effect, opening opportunities for bilateral trade between the European Union and Vietnam. EVFTA is the first trade agreement the EU has signed with a developing country. As a new-generation free trade agreement, the agreement aims to be a much higher degree of trade liberalization than the WTO, which was the previous framework to regulate trade between Vietnam and the EU. Tax and non-tariff barriers are partially removed as soon as the agreement comes into effect and will be completely removed according to the schedule after 5-7 years of implementation. Customs procedures, quality control, food hygiene and safety are facilitated to minimize the time and cost of procedures. These positive factors make EVFTA are expected to open up great opportunities for Vietnam's export growth to this market, especially agricultural exports. Because basically EU import tariffs on other industrial products have been eliminated or at a very low level. The opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of EVFTA to boost agricultural exports to this market comes not only from the elimination of taxes and quotas, but also from trade facilitation mechanisms. In addition to completely abolishing import duties on most items within 5-7 years, the EU grants tariff quotas within the 0% quota for remaining items that Vietnam has export potential. such as rice, raw sugar, sweet corn, garlic, mushrooms ... Trade facilitation mechanisms that have direct impact on agricultural exports include unifying regulations on quarantine and food hygiene and safety. simplifying procedures for issuing and checking certificates of origin, ... Two groups of Vietnamese goods will have the opportunity to take advantage of EVFTA to export to the EU after the agreement is implemented, including: "The door" for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter the European Union market (i) Goods eligible for a tariff rate quota with a tariff within the quota of 0%.