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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Vietnamese exporters face new EU technical requirements

By Lan Nhi

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HANOI – Vietnamese exporters to the European Union (EU) will face more stringent regulations on maximum residue levels of pesticides, the carbon border adjustment mechanism, animal health and related issues.

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, the EU issued these new regulations in the third quarter of this year.

On July 6, the EU issued Commission Regulation No. 2021/1110 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation No. 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for ametoctradin, bixafen, fenazaquin, spinetoram, tefluthrin and thiencarbazone-methyl in or on certain products.

This regulation shall apply from January 27, 2022. Details can be found at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1110

A proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) was issued on July 14. The CBAM will be fully applied from January 1, 2026.

The transitional period will be three years, from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025. Declarants will report quarterly the embedded emissions corresponding to their imports of the previous quarter, detailing direct and indirect emissions and reporting any carbon price paid abroad. Customs authorities will inform declarants of their CBAM obligations and exchange information with the competent authorities.

More information is available at https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_21_3661

On July 15, the European Commission issued Commission Implementing Regulation No. 2021/1165 authorizing certain products and substances for organic production and establishing their lists. It replaces Commission Regulation No. 889/2008 dated September 5, 2008, laying down detailed rules for implementing Council Regulation No. 834/2007 on organic production and labeling organic products concerning organic production, labeling and control.

For further details, visit https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1165

On August 10, the EU issued Commission Regulation No. 2021/1323 amending Regulation No. 1881/2006 regarding maximum cadmium levels in certain foodstuffs.

More information can be found https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2021/1323/oj

Commission Implementing Regulation No. 2021/1378 dated August 19 lays down specific rules concerning the certificate issued to operators, groups of operators and exporters in third countries involved in the import of organic and in-conversion products into the Union and establishes the list of recognized control authorities and control bodies per Regulation No. 2018/848 of the European Parliament and the Council.

For further details, visit https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32021R1378

Commission Regulation No. 2021/1408 was issued on August 27, amending Regulation No. 1881/2006 regarding the maximum levels of tropane alkaloids in certain foodstuffs.

More details can be found at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1408

The EU issued Commission Regulation No. 2021/1531 on September 17, amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for aclonifen, acrinathrin, Bacillus pumilus QST 2808, ethirimol, penthiopyrad, picloram and Pseudomonas sp. strain DSMZ 13134 in or on certain products.

For further information about this regulation, visit https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1531

Commission Regulation No. 2021/1807 of October 13 amends Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for acibenzolar-S-methyl, aqueous extract from the germinated seeds of sweet Lupinus albus, azoxystrobin, clopyralid, cyflufenamid, fludioxonil, fluopyram, fosetyl, metazachlor, oxathiapiprolin, tebufenozide and thiabendazole in or on certain products.

For further details, visit https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1807

On July 13, the EU issued Commission Delegated Regulation No. 2021/1703 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 as regards the animal health requirements for the entry into the Union of products of animal origin contained in composite products.

To get more detailed information abou it, visit https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1703

The Ministry of Industry and Trade said Vietnamese exporters should carefully study these regulations to meet the EU’s new requirements. This will help them avoid returns of shipments and economic losses.

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