Vietnam halts importing second-hand machines

At an annual press conference in Hanoi on April 2, the Ministry of Science and Technology announced new regulation of importing of second-hand machine and equipment in the second quarter and pausing the decree No. 20/2014/TT-KHCN which took effect on September 1, 2014.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac said that the old decree was issued in order to stabilize production and assist businesses in importing second-hand machines under the government’s control.

However, last time, there have been many disputes over the matter; some importers said the decree has not created chances for them to buy new machines into the country.

Accordingly, the Prime Minister ordered to halt the decree's implementation and import activities of second-hand machines. In the first quarter of this year, the Ministry will have to consider the decree.

It is scheduled that the Ministry will issue an amendment in the second quarter to ensure the benefits for  importers of second-hand and brand-new machines.

By Tran Binh – Translated by Anh Quan

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