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The Ministry of Industry and Trade is publishing the draft Decree amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree No. 31/2018/ND-CP dated March 8th, 2018 on the origin of goods for public comments.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is publishing the draft Decree amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree No. 31/2018/ND-CP dated March 8th, 2018 on the origin of goods for public comments.

The draft Decree supplements Article 25b (Criteria for self-certification of origin of goods), Article 25c (Issuing of written approvals), Article 25d (Revoking written approval of self-certification of origin), Article 25d (Documents of self-certification of origin), Article 25e (Entitlement to preferential tariff treatment for imported goods with self-certification of origin).

In particular, on the criteria for self-certification of origin of goods, the draft Decree clearly states that traders to be able to self-certify the origin of goods must fully meet the following criteria:

a. As a manufacturer and exporter of goods. In case the exporter is not the manufacturer, the exporter must have a written commitment from the manufacturer about the origin of the exported goods and be ready to cooperate in case of checking the records and documents related to the certification of origin of goods and inspection, verification at the production facility.

b. Having not violated the regulations on origin in the last 2 years up to the time of submitting the application for approval of the self-certification of Origin.

c. Having an adequate recordkeeping system (paper records and electronic records) to ensure the authenticity of self-certification documents of origin within the recording period as prescribed in Decree No. 31 /2018/ND-CP.

d. Having trained staff who are granted certificates or certificates related to the origin of goods issued by a training unit designated by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

e. Being granted at least 30 sets of preferential C/O per year and having implemented the electronic C/O declaration process through the Electronic Certificate of Origin and Management System (www.ecosys.gov.vn) for goods in the same HS class (4 numbers) in the last 2 years up to the time of submitting the application for approval.

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