Assessing compliance challenges of Vietnamese agri-food products in export markets

On 29 September, “Standards Compliance Analytics Report” for Viet Nam was introduced to representatives of agri-food value chain actors in the Roundtable meeting “Standards Compliance Analytics of Vietnamese agri-food in five markets: Australia, China, the European Union, Japan, and the United States” organized by UNIDO Viet Nam and AgroTrade under Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The Standards Compliance Analytics (SCA) tool by UNIDO uses rejection data to identify the key compliance challenges faced by exporting countries and thereby enhance the targeting of investments in building relevant compliance capacities. The report for Viet Nam focuses on analyzing the trends and patterns of Vietnamese agri-food import rejections in five major international markets.

In the Roundtable meeting, relevant stakeholders had the chance to assess the data and gain insights into the challenges faced by Viet Nam in complying with international product quality and safety standards and regulations. They also shared a lot of practical experience from their businesses and contributed to the policy recommendations in the report.

“I support the recommendations in the report, [including] the proposal to disseminate the existing trade-related digital tools and develop other digital tools to improve the various stakeholders’ knowledge on food safety, non-tariff measures, conformity assessment processes and bodies, regulations, standards, etc. [It] needs to be put forward as soon as possible” shared Nguyen Thi Lan Huong, Chairperson of Viet Phuc Food Production and Trading Co. Ltd.

This roundtable meeting was organized within the Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) Viet Nam, funded by Switzerland through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The Programme’s overall objective is to promote trade and competitiveness through strengthening the quality and standards compliance capacity of SMEs to facilitate market access.

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