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Ministry agrees to cut import tax on gas

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:25 am




Ministry agrees to cut import tax on gas


QĐND – Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 21:8 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Finance has cut import tax on gas from 5 percent to 2 percent to stabilise the domestic gas market.


The new tariff came into effect on Dec. 17 and gas retailers PV Gas, Petrolimex Gas, Sai Gon Petro Gas, Vinagas and Gia Dinh Gas immediately cut their retail price by 8,000 VND (0.38 USD) on 12kg canisters.


The move comes at the end of a year when the price of gas in Vietnam rose seven times so far this year. Before the cut, retail prices for canisters ranged from 330,000 VND (15.71 USD) to 360,000 VND (17.14 USD) depending on the brand.


The Vietnam Gas Association originally proposed the tax cut after rises in the world’s gas price led to similar increases on the domestic market.


Gas world prices have raised about 200 USD to roughly 1,000 USD per tonne this month.


The gas association’s chairman Nguyen Sy Thang said dependence on imports makes doing business difficult for gas traders. Without tax cuts, domestic gas prices will continue to rise.


The country currently imports roughly 60 percent of its total gas needs.


Thang also said that the import tax rate of 5 percent had been set by the Ministry of Finance when the world gas price was 200 USD per tonne but with prices now at 1,000 USD per tonne, the previous tax rate was too high.


Earlier this month, the country’s largest gas provider PV Gas offered discounts of 5,000 VND on 12kg canisters to stabilise the domestic gas market. The price cut was made possible by domestic supply from the Dung Quat Oil Refinery.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Petrol import taxes continue decreasing

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:23 am




Petrol import taxes continue decreasing


QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has decided to cut petrol import taxes from current 12 percent to 6 percent from February, 2010.


According to the decision, import taxes for diesel will also enjoy a new import tax of 2 percent instead of the present 5 percent tariff. In line with the decision to use the petrol price-stabilising fund, this is part of the MoF’s response to petrol businesses’ request to cut import taxes as the world’s petrol prices are still very high.


This is the third time petrol import tariffs are cut in 2010.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam to import 20,000 tonnes of meat

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Ministry to forbid red-eared turtle import and nourishment

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam August 14 said the ministry’s opinion is to forbid strictly red-eared turtle nourishment and releasing it into rivers, aiming to protect environment.

Red-eared turtle could seriously affect the nation’s ecological balance if left uncontrolled.


According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Hoe from the Association for Natural and Environment Protection, Government needs to quickly implement measures to wipe out red-eared turtles as soon as possible.


He said the turtle is one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species.


The turtles damage the agriculture because they eat animals and plants under the water, he added.


The environmental devastation by the turtle is higher than the devastation by yellow snails because the turtle is bigger, healthier and live longer than the yellow snails, Hoe said.


To curb the development of the turtle, people need to catch and stop releasing the turtle into rivers.


The harmful turtle warning made after the Can Tho Seafood Import Joint Stock Company imported 24,000 red-eared turtles from US was too late.


The turtles came into Vietnam in past years by several ways including through tourism.


Hoe also said the import and breeding process had been monitored carefully by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Aquaculture Protection.


The ministry asked the Can Tho Seafood Import Joint Stock Company to re-export the batch of the turtle as soon as possible.

The ministry also required provincial authorities to check the numbers of turtles and keep a close eye on the situation as well as to strengthen inspections at the breeding ponds to ensure none escaped.

The danger from strange animals
 
The invasion of strange animals in Vietnam is still modest but they are latent factors that can damage agriculture.
 
The yellow snail, imported into Vietnam around ten years ago, develops very strongly and its major food is rice leaves. It has damaged rice in many provinces in the Mekong Delta and is spreading to the central region and the north of Vietnam. Yellow snails make rice output fall and Vietnam has to spend hundreds of million dong in order to battle this kind of snail every year without satisfactory results.
 
In 1996, a private company imported one kind of insect as food for ornamental birds, named Tenebrio monitor, which can harm many kinds of crops. However, the import was timely prevented.
 
From 1996-1998, pirana tiger fish (Serralmus nattereri) appeared on the market for ornamental fish. This species of fish originates from the Amazon River. It is carnivorous and very cruel. If this species enters the natural environment, it can kill other aquatic animals and also be very dangerous to humans The Ministry of Fisheries has banned the import of this kind of fish.
 
In the Mekong Delta, the momosa, one variety of trees originates from Central America, one of 100 species of creatures that can invade the environment on a large scale, has attacked Dong Thap Muoi region and U Minh cajuput forest.


Related article:
Environmentally harmful turtles seen in Vietnam



 

Source: SGGP

Ministry to forbid red-eared turtle import and nourishment

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam August 14 said the ministry’s opinion is to forbid strictly red-eared turtle nourishment and releasing it into rivers, aiming to protect environment.

Red-eared turtle could seriously affect the nation’s ecological balance if left uncontrolled.


According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Hoe from the Association for Natural and Environment Protection, Government needs to quickly implement measures to wipe out red-eared turtles as soon as possible.


He said the turtle is one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species.


The turtles damage the agriculture because they eat animals and plants under the water, he added.


The environmental devastation by the turtle is higher than the devastation by yellow snails because the turtle is bigger, healthier and live longer than the yellow snails, Hoe said.


To curb the development of the turtle, people need to catch and stop releasing the turtle into rivers.


The harmful turtle warning made after the Can Tho Seafood Import Joint Stock Company imported 24,000 red-eared turtles from US was too late.


The turtles came into Vietnam in past years by several ways including through tourism.


Hoe also said the import and breeding process had been monitored carefully by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Aquaculture Protection.


The ministry asked the Can Tho Seafood Import Joint Stock Company to re-export the batch of the turtle as soon as possible.

The ministry also required provincial authorities to check the numbers of turtles and keep a close eye on the situation as well as to strengthen inspections at the breeding ponds to ensure none escaped.

The danger from strange animals
 
The invasion of strange animals in Vietnam is still modest but they are latent factors that can damage agriculture.
 
The yellow snail, imported into Vietnam around ten years ago, develops very strongly and its major food is rice leaves. It has damaged rice in many provinces in the Mekong Delta and is spreading to the central region and the north of Vietnam. Yellow snails make rice output fall and Vietnam has to spend hundreds of million dong in order to battle this kind of snail every year without satisfactory results.
 
In 1996, a private company imported one kind of insect as food for ornamental birds, named Tenebrio monitor, which can harm many kinds of crops. However, the import was timely prevented.
 
From 1996-1998, pirana tiger fish (Serralmus nattereri) appeared on the market for ornamental fish. This species of fish originates from the Amazon River. It is carnivorous and very cruel. If this species enters the natural environment, it can kill other aquatic animals and also be very dangerous to humans The Ministry of Fisheries has banned the import of this kind of fish.
 
In the Mekong Delta, the momosa, one variety of trees originates from Central America, one of 100 species of creatures that can invade the environment on a large scale, has attacked Dong Thap Muoi region and U Minh cajuput forest.


Related article:
Environmentally harmful turtles seen in Vietnam



 

Source: SGGP

Vietnam should import vaccine against blue ear: officials

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

At an emergency meeting on August 13, directors of departments of agriculture and rural development in southern provinces proposed to import vaccine to fight against the pandemic in the region as Vietnam has no effective vaccine for the disease in pigs.

Mr. Paht agreed to quickly import Chinese vaccine and then test its effectiveness.


In addition, Deputy Head of the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Phuoc Trung said the fight against the epidemic is like fighting against the fire, proposing a suitable compensation for breeders or else breeders would sell diseased pigs at very cheap prices which further spreading of the disease. Farmers are willing to report their ill herds because the government announced to give farmers VND25,000 per kilo of meat lost as compensation.

A pork seller in a market in Dalat City sees no purchase (Photo: SGGP)

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and other officials had pork during break time to encourage residents who feared for the blue ear in pigs in the country to consume safe pork.


Because the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) – also called “Blue Ear” – has heavily hit two highlands provinces of Dak Lak and Lam Dong, residents don’t want to eat pork, the consumption has declined.


The central highlands town of Da Lat has been affected although it is 200 kilometer far from Lam Dong. Pork sellers did nothing but chatting or sleeping because the market was going through a slump. A pork seller, Ms. Nhung, said the sale declined a half in one week.


The situation is the same in the city Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa. Traders petitioned to stop selling pork in markets, claiming that governments should raise public awareness more as customers turned their back even to safe pork with verifications.

Source: SGGP

Health authorities control dog import to slow cholera outbreak

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

A dog meat shop in Hanoi. (Photo: SGGP)The Ministry of Health has asked local authorities to closer control the importation of dogs to prevent cholera from entering Vietnam, after imported dog meat had tested positive for vibrio cholerae in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District 

The Ministry of Health proposed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development test imported dogs at border gates to prevent cholera from entering Vietnam.


Cholera infested dog meat discovered in northern provinces was mostly imported from Laos and Thailand via the Thanh Hoa Province border, which has long been considered a hot spot for cholera transmission.


The 12 provinces and cities that have recorded the most cholera cases believe victims acquired the disease from their consumption of unsanitary foods, including dog meat, uncooked vegetables, blood pudding, ice and street food.

Source: SGGP

Telecom firms told to cut import of 3G devices

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:20 am




Telecom firms told to cut import of 3G devices


QĐND – Saturday, May 01, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications has ordered telecom companies to restrict import of 3G devices, including iPhones, to contain the rising trade deficit.


Mobile operators should advise customers to buy appropriate equipment needed to use 3G services rather than expensive equipment, the ministry said.


They should also carefully consider their plans to buy 3G terminal equipment, including iPhone 3G, to avoid mass import of what are expensive items, it said.


Telecom companies like Viettel and Vinaphone have spent around US$10 million to import iPhones, according to Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review) newspaper.


But the two have remained silent on the number of these phones they have sold in a month since its official launch in Vietnam.


After the initial excitement, iPhone sales have gone rather quiet since it not affordable for most users.


Vietnam’s trade deficit in April may touch $1.25 billion, bringing the figure for the first four months to $4.65 billion.


Exports during the four months were up 8.9 percent year on year to $20.16 billion while imports surged 35.6 percent to $24.81 billion.


The deficit continues to put pressure on the country’s foreign currency reserves and exchange rate.


Source: vietnamnewsonline


Source: QDND

Petrol import tax cut to 17 percent

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm




Petrol import tax cut to 17 percent


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

In an effort to help petrol dealers stabilise prices, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has decided to reduce petrol import tax rates from 20 percent to 17 percent beginning on April 21.


Diesel oil and kerosene, which were previously taxed at 15 percent, will now be subject to a reduced tax rate of 10 percent.


MoF adopted this solution to share in the businesses losses that have resulted from increased world petrol and oil prices.


Prices had reached 90 USD per barrel of petrol and 93 USD per barrel of diesel oil on the Singapore market on April 19.


The reduction also follows the Government’s decision to extend the period of time when retail petrol prices will rise to the end of June.


MoF added that with the rising import prices, petrol firms have lost 1,100 VND (0.06 USD) per litre of petrol.


Petrol dealers received approximately 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) from the petrol price stabilisation fund in compensation for their losses since the beginning of this month.


However, the money has not helped them fully avoid loss, according to MoF.


The ministry said it is unable to raise retail prices at this time because it could result in a domino effect, with prices for other necessities also going up. It added that it would apply other administrative measures if the world petrol price continues to rise and domestic firms suffer bigger losses.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Ambiguous agricultural import policies stymie officials

In Vietnam Society on December 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

A meeting was held December 7 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to discuss tightening control of foreign agricultural products entering Vietnam. Experts said that controlling imports was made difficult, however, because of poor and ambiguous government policies.








Potatoes are imported through the northern border gates into Vietnam. (Filed photo)

Moreover, many agencies have overlapping jurisdiction over import matters, causing confusion amongst the different parties.


According to Hoang Kim Giang, director of the Livestock Breeding Department, importing some types of animal feed is forbidden outright by the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development; but the Ministry of Health allows the imports with some restrictions.


And while the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development does not allow the import of certain vegetables and canned foods, the Ministry of Industry and Trade does. Such conflicting polices cause headaches for both importers and officials, the meeting heard.


Stronger measures should also be taken to prevent unsafe produce from penetrating the domestic market, experts said.


Deputy Director of the Plant Protection Department Dr. Bui Sy Doanh said that currently, quality testing of agricultural products is managed by both the Agricultural and Rural Development, and Health ministries. This overlap causes difficulties for officials, he said.


Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat agreed that improved barriers were needed to stop unsafe food from entering the country and that the quality of domestic products needs to be improved for export.


The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development also asked related authorities to review import policies and promulgate improved rules.


The Ministry of Health and the General Department of Vietnam Customs need to enhance the monitoring and control of the country’s agricultural imports, said Minister Phat.


According to the ministry, many agricultural products have been flooding into Vietnam, mostly from China, through border gates.


Experts said imports increased suddenly toward the end of the year due to a northern drought that left a dearth of fruits and vegetables.


In the south, the rainy season began earlier this year, damaging produce by 40-50 percent in several areas. Other areas were not able to produce crops at all.


The Vietnam Food Association said it was able to meet just 50 percent of export orders due to the lack of harvests this year.


Many other goods are also smuggled into the country including electronics, tobacco, and textiles, but the volume of smuggled food including meats, vegetables and fruit was extremely high, said officials.


According to the Lao Cai border gate’s management board, an average of around 400 tons of agricultural products is imported daily through the border gate.


At Tan Thanh border gate in Lang Son Province, around 100-150 tons of agricultural products are imported each day.


The products consist mainly of tomatoes, taro, potatoes, garlic, cabbages and beets.


Representatives from the national Veterinary Agency said they recently discovered some tomato samples which contained alatoxin – a harmful substance.


After agricultural products are transported through northern border gates, most fruit is transported to Long Bien market in Hanoi while vegetables and dried fruits are brought to Bac Ninh town before being dispersed nationwide.


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