Regulations on country of origin labeling in Vietnam have raised public concern as the legal system does not regulate the kinds of import items that can bear “Made in Vietnam” labels.
|Customers inspect air conditioners at an electronics store. Regulations on country of origin labeling in Vietnam have raised public concern|
The Government’s Decree 43 on product labeling stipulates that manufacturers and importers have to attach country of origin labels to their products and ensure the information displayed is correct and complies with prevailing regulations and trade agreements signed by Vietnam and other countries.
Also, the manufacturers and importers are required to use phrases such as “Manufactured in,” “Produced in,” “Made in,” or “Manufactured by” for countries or territories of origin.
However, for import products traded on the local market, the decree has yet to include specific criteria for attaching “Made in Vietnam” labels, according to the Import-Export Department, under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The department, over the years, has issued warnings of the rising number of origin fraud cases. Many products imported from foreign countries or ordered for manufacture overseas bear “Made in Vietnam” labels to deceive consumers and illegally take advantage of free trade agreements between Vietnam and other countries.
Also, some companies and individuals are using country of origin labels to evade safeguard measures adopted by the importing country, noted the department.
In several countries, country of origin labels will feature the popular phrases “Made in…” or “Produced in…” or will bear details of a product’s manufacturing phases. In addition, they impose heavy penalties on organizations and individuals who intentionally provide incorrect origin labels, according to the department.
Tran Thanh Hai, deputy director of the import-export department, said that more specific regulations with detailed criteria should be introduced for companies to comply with country of origin labeling requirements.
As for the origin fraud case involving Asanzo Vietnam, multiple agencies are launching inspections into the firm. It was recently discovered attaching “Made in Vietnam” labels to its mobile phones and electronic products that were reportedly imported from China. SGT
Electronic products from Asanzo Vietnam, known as an electronics manufacturer supplying high-quality Vietnamese products in the local market, have been discovered to be Chinese goods being sold as Vietnamese products.
Management authorities are stepping up preventive measures to stop trade fraud and tax evasion related to Chinese commodities that illegally carry made-in-Vietnam labels due to escalating U.S.-China trade tensions.