Some textile and garment items from Vietnam which are entitled to preferential tariffs in the Eurasian Economic Union under a bilateral free trade agreement exceeded the quota last year.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade said it recently received a diplomatic note from the Eurasian Economic Commission saying that while the quota for jerseys, pullovers, cardigans, and waistcoats was 1,520 tonnes a year, exporters had shipped over 1,640 tonnes. Exports of knitted women’s suits also exceeded the quota of 382.7 tonnes, with 414.9 tonnes being shipped.
The agreement incorporates safeguard measures against exceeding quotas, and accordingly Vietnamese garment exporters will not be entitled to preferential tariffs for a period of six to nine months and instead will have to pay Most Favored Nation import duties.
Nguyen Ly Truong An, deputy CEO of logistics firm SeaAir Global, said there are textile companies with factories in Vietnam who import products from China and pass them off as made in Vietnam, thus causing export volumes to surge. “If strong measures are not taken to deal with the origin fraud, Vietnam’s textile and garment industry will be severely affected.”