|Workers select shrimps for export at Ca Mau Frozen Seafood Import Export Corp. The Ministry of Industry and Trade launched the pilot electronic certificate of origin issuance system on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Huy Hai
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Industry and Trade officially launched the pilot electronic certificate of origin (C/O) issuance system on Thursday, part of efforts to expand administrative reforms and assist exporters.
The system, available on the website www.ecosys.gov.vn, is being called a turning point in improving the nation's business climate and administrative reforms, as the electronic process will promote transparency and minimise time and expenses spent by businesses, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh.
It is also considered an important step in implementing the ASEAN one-stop customs mechanism and Viet Nam's commitment to regional integration, as neighbouring countries accelerate the formation of an ASEAN community.
The launch was prompted by Government Resolution 19/NQ-CP dated March 12, 2015 on improving the business environment and national competitiveness by the end of 2016.
Data indicated that some 11,000 companies have so far registered to have C/Os issued online. As many as 449,353 C/Os were granted online in 2014, increasing from 274,562 certificates the previous year.
Other import and export procedures are expected to be made available online in the future.
The European Committee has received the first electronic certificate from Viet Nam for seafood exported to the EU using the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).
This was announced by Viet Nam's National Agro – Forestry – Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQUAD) on May 13.
The certificate was granted by NAFIQUAD.
Established in 2003, TRACES is a trans-European web-based network run by DG SANTE for veterinary health that notifies, certifies and monitors imports, exports and trade in animals and animal products around the world.
This system aims to ease the paperwork needed for trading in animals and animal products by generating documents and sending copies to appropriate authorities inland and abroad, saving traders time and effort.
The system also allows traders to obtain export health certificates and movement notifications of their dispatches. It further helps authorities meet health regulations and traders' needs.
Authorised agencies of countries will use this system to issue electronic certificates on food and health safety for animals and animal products imported and exported within the EU and imported from outside the EU.
On its official website, TRACES announced that Viet Nam has joined the system and suggested that EU control authorities at border gates be based on electronic certificates to carry out customs clearance procedures for products to enter the EU.
Currently, NAFIQAD is piloting the issuance of TRACES certificates at 17 businesses, and it said electronic certification would be applied to all processed seafood exported to the EU. — VNS