HCMC – Mai Xuan Thanh, deputy general director of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, signed a document on June 9 stating that customs officials should refrain from asking exporters to present paperwork signed by relevant agencies on the use of foreign quick response (QR) codes on exported goods.
The department also asked the customs agencies not to sanction exporters for administrative violations related to the use of foreign QR codes on exported goods.
In case customs agencies find that exporters don’t have sufficient documents over the confirmation or authorization on the use of foreign QR codes, they will have to report the case to the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality.
On May 5, the Ministry of Science and Technology issued an official dispatch explaining the use of foreign QR codes, following which exporters can now present documents, emails or letters of authorization, processing contracts or other forms of authorization that are internationally recognized. Exporters are asked to sign, seal and assume responsibility for these documents.
Before the official dispatch was issued, the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality only accepted letters of authorization that foreign enterprises granted to Vietnamese exporters for using QR codes.