Many Vietnamese spices removed from EU's control list: Vietnam Trade Office

A number of herbs and spices imported by the European Union (EU) from Vietnam will face fewer checks when entering the bloc.
Many Vietnamese spices removed from EU's control list: Vietnam Trade Office
Many Vietnamese spices removed from EU's control list: Vietnamese chili pepper exhibited at the 11th edition of the World Chili Pepper Trade Fair in the city of Rieti, Italy, last year. (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnam Trade Office in Belgium and the EU said that the European Commission (EC) on January 27 published the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/174, issued on January 26. The document concerns the temporary application of official and emergency control measures for certain foods imported into the EU.

The new rules are an amendment to the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793.

Accordingly, for Vietnam, spices that were previously controlled at a frequency of 50% such as coriander, basil, mint and parsley have been removed from the control list.

Currently, only chili peppers are on the EU border control list with a quality control frequency of 50%.

However, okra has been moved from Appendix I to Appendix II with the requirement of a certificate of pesticide control of Vietnam and the frequency of pesticide inspection at the EU border gate is set at 50%.

Dragon fruit and instant noodles are still in Appendix II with Vietnam's pesticide certification requirements and the inspection frequency at the EU border gate set at 20%.

This regulation will take effect on the 20th day from the date of publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation.

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(Source: VNA)