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26/05/2020 - 22:05

Ministry to help local firms cope with trade remedies

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is planning to increase the number of training courses on trade remedies for the domestic production industry.

Aquatic products processed for exports at Ba Ria - Vung Tau Seafood Processing Import Export Co (Photo: VNA)

Aquatic products processed for exports at Ba Ria - Vung Tau Seafood Processing Import Export Co (Photo: VNA)

The idea is to improve the ability of domestic producers to cope with the application of trade defense measures on the global market.

At the same time, the ministry will also provide information about current trade remedies for domestic associations and production industries. This will include guidance on using or dealing with trade remedies for key industries such as steel, wood, seafood, chemicals, textiles and support industries.

The ministry will also build an electronic portal to provide early warnings about trade remedies while looking at how these industries deal with trade remedy lawsuits.

In addition, it will simplify the implementation of regulations on trade remedies to help Vietnam join the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA).

The implementation of these solutions in the coming years is expected to help domestic production industries and enterprises, especially small and medium-sized ones, to have clear information about trade remedies so they can improve the efficiency of their international economic integration.

Le Trieu Dung, Director of the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Trade Remedies Authority of Vietnam, said for FTAs with very high tariff reduction levels such as the EVFTA, there would certainly be high competitive pressure and challenges for Vietnamese enterprises.

Most trade remedies in the EVFTA are based on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

In addition, the EVFTA included principles that suited Vietnam's legal system. That would help Vietnam's production industries and businesses to adopt legal trade remedy tools and ensure economic efficiency when the country joined the EVFTA, Dung said,

In addition, they needed to regularly monitor and study early warnings for trade remedies to take suitable actions to deal with them, he said.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, some sectors with large export volumes such as agricultural products, fisheries, textiles, footwear, iron and steel may be at higher risk of facing trade remedies.

Trade remedies such as anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguarding measures are important legal tools that protect local industries and enterprises, especially when tariff barriers are removed under international commitments./.