VOV.VN - A conference was held in Hanoi on December 1 to disseminate commitments on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures set out within the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Le Thanh Hoa, director of SPS Vietnam Office, pointed out that the EU market has set a stringent array of requirements regarding microbial contamination levels and pesticide residue levels on imported products.
Furthermore, goods imported into the EU are free of child labour and must ensure environmental factors and sustainable development, he added.
Recently, the European bloc has also issued a number of warnings against violations of pesticide residues that have been detected in some Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports.
Nguyen Manh Hieu of the Vietnam Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Post-Harvest Technology revealed that the EU currently imports fruit and vegetables worth EUR35 billion annually, but Vietnam ranks 27th among exporters of these products to the bloc, holding a modest market share of 1%. Indeed, the EU’s import value for passion fruit from Vietnam accounts for approximately 50%.
Economists underscored the importance of preservation technology and control over growing area codes, particularly with production procedures which are in line with GlobalGAP standards and meet strict regulations set out by EU importers.
Nguyen Dac Binh Minh, director of the Institute of Regional Research and Development, advised local businesses to gain greater insights into the requirements relating to origin traceability, food safety, and hygiene in a bid to further penetrate the demanding market.