A trader would be permitted to self-certify the origin of exported goods if fully meeting the conditions specified in a draft decree designed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) to amend Decree 31 of 2018.
Firstly, the trader is concurrently the producer and exporter of goods. Exporters who are not producers of the exported goods must obtain producers’ confirmation of the origin of the goods and commitment to coordinating in case authorities conduct examination of dossiers and documents certifying the origin of goods or physical inspection at production facilities.
Secondly, the trader commits no violations of regulations on goods origin in the last two years, counted up to the time of submission of a dossier of application for a letter of approval of self-certification of origin.
Thirdly, the trader has sufficient means for retaining dossiers in both paper and electronic forms for at least five years after being permitted to make self-certification so as to be able to prove the authenticity of self-certified proofs of origin.
Fourthly, the trader’s employees have undergone training courses and been granted certificates of training in goods origin issued by training institutions designated by the MOIT.
Lastly, the trader has been granted at least 30 preferential C/O sets per year and already made C/O declarations via the Electronic Certificate of Origin Management and Issuance System at www.ecosys.gov.vn for goods in the same HS group of the exported goods in the last two years, counted up to the time of submission of a dossier of application for a letter of approval of self-certification of origin.
A letter of approval of self-certification of origin would be revoked in case the concerned trader is detected to use forged documents or make fraudulent declaration when applying for such letter of approval; forge dossiers and documents to make self-certification of origin of goods; or fail to fulfill responsibilities of eligible exporters. The violator would also be subject to administrative sanctions under current regulations.- (VLLF)