|The custom agency submits to remove checks on food-safety-and-hygiene standards for imported food sent as gifts. — Illustrative photo internet
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Customs Agency has proposed the Ministry of Health should stop checking food hygiene and safety standards for low-priced imported goods sent as Tet (Lunar New Year) gifts.
The food, mainly sweets, milk and seaweed, worth less than VND2 million (US$89), comes from people in foreign countries as gifts on the occasion of Tet.
The agency's proposal came after HCM City's Customs Department reported it had recently received complaints from recipients because under current regulations for imported food, they had to bring the gift to the nearest customs agency to check whether it met food safety and hygiene standards.
Both courier services and recipients said the checks were unnecessary because the goods were sent as gifts and were not commercial goods, the department said.
Food was estimated to account for 60-70 per cent of the imported goods handled by the Tan Son Nhat International Airport's Customs Department each week. — VNS