Vietnam Steel Association Continues to Propose Adjustments to Circular 44

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SMC Tan Tao workers transport coils. (Photo: Hoang Hai/TTXVN)

The Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) will continue to propose to State management agencies to adjust a number of articles of Joint Circular No. 44/2013 between the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Science and Technology on regulations on management. quality control of domestically produced and imported steel.

At the review of Vietnam’s steel industry in 2014 and outlook for 2015 held on January 20 in Hanoi, VSA Chairman Ho Nghia Dung said that in 2015, to improve the operational efficiency and competitiveness of the steel industry Domestically, the association will increase information collection and participate in providing comments and criticism on State policies and mechanisms.

Regarding Joint Circular No. 44/2013, Mr. Dung said these recommendations relate to reducing inspection and supervision procedures for goods, and can apply post-inspection policies for imported steel quality. to avoid congestion of goods, reduce time and costs for businesses. At the same time, adding clearer regulations than standards for steel products, galvanized steel sheets… to facilitate the production and circulation of businesses, avoiding the phenomenon of trade fraud and counterfeiting.

In addition, the Association will also propose to the authorities to clearly define standards, apply tax codes and adjust import tax rates for products of furnace support columns, special steel; Tax rates and rules of origin for steel products in trade agreements; At the same time, recommending trade fraud on metal-plated corrugated iron and color-coated products…

According to VSA, last year, the steel industry had a good development, consumption reached more than 13.8 million tons, an increase of nearly 17% compared to 2013. However, according to enterprises in the steel industry, besides the number of While growing, Vietnam’s steel industry still faces challenges from commercial fraud, importing large amounts of boron-containing steel from China and limitations of logistics, customs or Circular 44 regulating on Quality management of domestically produced and imported steel…

According to Mr. Vu Van Thanh, Deputy General Director of Ton Hoa Sen, for the import of cheap steel from China, Circular 44 is a technical barrier to prevent poor quality goods from entering Vietnam.

However, Circular 44 has not yet been fully effective because the standards are still unclear. The standards according to the import contract lead to the two parties agreeing on their own, so it is difficult to control and inspect.

Therefore, the steel industry association can consult and recommend to the authorities to rebuild the standard to tighten this “fence”, helping domestic enterprises to stabilize production.

Sharing the same opinion as above, a representative of BlueScope Steel Vietnam Company said that currently Circular 44 only protects construction steel, but does not protect the galvanized steel and color coating sectors, the import volume is still at a low level. High.

To help businesses and protect domestic goods, the steel association recommends that authorities consider a clearer classification of tax codes for galvanized and color-coated steel products, with appropriate tax rates.

At the industry review session, businesses also raised difficulties and obstacles in their trade defense when Vietnam signed extensive trade and integration agreements in 2015, and at the same time hoped for a trade agreement. The Steel Association improves capacity and expertise to truly be a solid bridge for businesses and management agencies, helping businesses operate effectively./.

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