The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to simplify plant and animal quarantine procedures for the import of processed feather, and fur products other than live wild plants and animals, if textile and garment enterprises can produce certificates of origin and plant quarantine certificates of exporting countries.
In an official dispatch recently sent to the MARD and the General Department of Customs, the MoIT said the inspection should be conducted after the imports are cleared from customs procedures and before circulation instead of the current mode of inspection of each shipment before customs clearance.
The General Department of Customs should instruct local customs offices in only requiring enterprises to produce proper documents when carrying out customs clearance procedures prescribed by the current regulations on import and export, the ministry stressed.
Enterprises should no longer be requested to have their goods evaluated at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources before having their processed fur products imported from countries being members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for use as export processing materials released.
The MPI has also suggested the MARD change the form of inspection of cotton fiber, an industrially processed agricultural product, as all recent shipments of cotton fiber subject to plant quarantine have been found insect-free or not infected with germs.
The MARD would apply suitable management and examination measures based on analyses and assessments of risks and evaluation of each enterprise’s law observance, said the MPI.- (VLLF)