Vietnam promises China export crackdown

Wednesday 26 Jun 2019

Vietnam has said it will crack down on goods of Chinese origin illegally re-labeled "Made in Vietnam" by exporters seeking to avoid US President Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese imports - Vietnamese customs have found scores of such cases amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute, the department said in a statement posted to a government website on Sunday.

"The faking of origin and the illegal transshipment of goods happens most often in the sectors of textiles, seafood, agricultural products, tiles, honey, steel and iron, aluminium and timber products," the department said in the statement.

Some importers had been illegally re-packing goods from China in "Made in Vietnam" packaging and then applying for a Vietnamese certificate of origin with which to export to the United States, Europe and Japan, Vietnam customs said.

In one such example, which the statement said was uncovered by U.S. customs, a Vietnam-based manufacturer of timber products was found to have been importing Chinese timber which it then re-labeled and exported to the United States.

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Source: Chronicle Herald

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