Management of product origin to be enhanced

The General Department of Customs has ordered the management of origin and labels of imported products to be enhanced.

Officers of HCM City Customs check imported goods. (Photo: VNA)

Officers of HCM City Customs check imported goods. (Photo: VNA)

The move comes in the wake of a probe into Khaisilk’s trade fraud of selling "Made-in-China" products under the Vietnamese brand, which caused a stir.

Accordingly, customs departments across the country must enhance their management of product origin and labels following the Government’s Decree 19 on product origin, Decree 43 on labeling and Ministry of Finance’s Circular 38 on customs management procedures.

Special attention must be paid to Vietnamese companies’ products that were produced abroad and then imported into the country.
All violations must be reported to the General Department of Customs.

According to current regulations, organisations and individuals placing goods in circulation must be in charge of labeling, and the labels must provide clear and accurate product information.

The Khaisilk fraud was uncovered more than a week ago when a company which bought Khaisilk-branded scarves at a Khaisilk store on Hang Gai shop in Hanoi found one scarf with two tags – one with “Khaisilk Made in Vietnam” and the other with “Made in China.”

Hoang Khai, chairman of the group which is considered a top Vietnamese silk brand, later admitted that the scarves were actually imported from China.

On November 4, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade in coordination with relevant ministries to clarify violations of Khaisilk and report the findings before December 15.

Customs’ statistics showed that imports of silk products from China were worth 1.2 million USD in the first nine months of this year, while the figures were 2.3 million USD in 2016 and 4 million USD in 2015. From 2015 to September 2017, Vietnam imported more than 8,800 silk scarves from China, worth some 35,800 USD.

In another development, the Hanoi Department of Taxation recently reported on the tax payments of Khaisilk’s store on Hang Gai Street.

Accordingly, the store, which is owned by Nguyen Thu Nga and began selling silk products from January 2004, earned revenue of 14 billion VND in the January-September period and paid tax of more than 200 million VND for the period.

The company earned 15.6 billion VND in 2015 and 16.11 billion VND in 2016 as revenue, and paid taxes worth 234 million VND and 241 million VND, respectively.

The tax department said that the store was not in arrears of taxes.

Earlier, the General Department of Taxation had asked the municipal tax department to report on the performance of tax payment of Khaisilk Group and its stores in Hanoi.- VNS

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