Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The General Department of Việt Nam Customs (CGD) will study and submit to the Ministry of Finance a proposal to the Government to restrict imports of scrap materials and move towards a ban on scrap imports to Việt Nam.
According to Âu Anh Tuấn, acting director of the Customs Supervision and Management Department, after China banned the import of 24 types of scrap, the amount imported to Việt Nam in 2017 and the first five months of 2018 has increased. Additionally, some enterprises had forged scrap import permits.
Domestic companies have imported scrap from many different countries for production demand.
Remarkably, in the first five months of this year, the volume of imported plastic scrap surged nearly 200 per cent over the entire 2017, Tuấn told Thời báo kinh doanh (Business Times).
A report from the General Department of Vietnam Customs said there were 3,579 scrap containers held up at Cát Lái Port in HCM City and 1,485 containers at Hải Phòng Port.
Tuấn said that many shipments of imported scrap did not meet environmental criteria.
The customs department refused many shipments and a number of enterprises had not carried out customs procedures when they were detected by customs officers, resulting in the large amount of scrap at seaports around the country, he said.
At a press conference on Monday, responding to questions about the handling of scrap containers at ports and preventive measures for the future, Mai Xuân Thành, CGD’s deputy general director, affirmed that the department would not accept any imported scrap shipments that did not meet the conditions for environmental protection and had no clear origin.
Owners have to remove the imported scrap from Việt Nam if such a shipment is still held up at port 90 days from the date of arrival, according to Thành.
Particularly, for illegal scrap importers, the department will resolutely transfer the cases to investigation agencies to handle in accordance with the law.
Tuấn said CGD was proposing the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to publish a list of eligible enterprises to import scrap into Việt Nam.
They would submit to the Finance Ministry a proposal to the Government to amend and supplement the regulations on sanctions in case the transport owners do not remove scrap which causes environment pollution in accordance with Article 58 of the Customs Law of 2014.
Earlier, at a recent Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc called for solutions for the thousands of imported scrap containers held up at major seaports around the country. — VNS