Armchairs produced at Thái Bảo Limited Liability Company in Nhơn Hòa Industrial Zone, Bình Định Province. Local producers were urged to invest more in the local market. - VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Kỳ
HÀ NỘI (VNS) — Local wood producers should focus on developing their business in the domestic market to avoid domination of foreign products.
Deputy chairman of the Việt Nam Wood and Forest Product Association (Vifores) Nguyễn Tôn Quyền made this observation at a seminar on chances and challenges from importing material of wood held on April 4, 2016 in Hà Nội by the association and Forest Trends Organisation.
At present, the local wood producers have ignored the domestic market so they should come back home, Quyền said, adding that if they don’t do that, the foreign producers would enter further the local market because Việt Nam would integrate further into the global market in the future, he said.
In addition, he said the State should have policies on encouraging local wood producers to put more investment in the domestic market.
The domestic wood market has great potential for doing business but domestic enterprises lack information about it. They have set up independent business to exploit the domestic market but lack co-operation in developing that business. Meanwhile, state management offices have not done any market research for the domestic wood market, including the kinds of wood and demand for wooden products.
In the future, free trade agreements that Việt Nam has signed with its foreign partners would come into effect, and that would open up opportunities for foreign producers to develop the domestic market further, he said.
Now, there were enterprises from 30 countries and territories registering to invest in the wood industry in Việt Nam, especially those from China.
That would help foreign enterprises to join the origin tax at zero, clear origin and low selling price for material of wood, he said.
According to Vifores, last year, Việt Nam imported 4.79 million cubic metres of sawn logs worth US$1.66 billion, an increase of 11.3 per cent year on year.
To ensure the legal origin of wood imported into the market, experts from domestic associations and Forest Trends suggested that Việt Nam should have a list of all kinds of wood imported. The state should have a channel to contact domestic wood importers directly to receive full information about wood imports and then have mechanism to control wood imports efficiently in the future, including the legal origin of imported wood. – VNS