In the official dispatch No. 2324/TCHQ-GSQL on April 10th 2020 of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, it is mentioned that when carrying out customs procedures for exported goods, customs officers do not require declarants to provide the competent authority’s certification of the use of foreign barcodes.
In the official dispatch No. 2417/TCHQ-ĐTCBL on April 16th 2020 of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, when conducting inspection, supervision or other activities relating to exported goods, if there are signs of violation are found, the competent authority will carry out physical inspection of goods and request the enterprise to present the authorization to use the barcodes issued by the brand owner or foreign competent authority for inspection.
However, the demand for verifying the origin and information of exported goods of Vietnam Customs has led to the regulations in the official dispatch No. 2324/TCHQ-GSQL.
Facing the above situation, the General Department of Customs shall direct provincial/municipal Customs Departments to direct their subordinate branches to uniformly comply with current regulations, including handling if detecting violations. Accordingly, the customs authorities based on the provisions of Decree 119/2017 / ND-CP stipulating administrative sanctions in the field of standards, measurement and product and goods quality in accordance with the provisions of law ; Decree 74/2018 / ND-CP; Circular 39/2018 / TT-BTC to strengthen supervision of exported goods. In case civil servants detect signs of violations on the use of foreign numeral codes and barcodes according to standards of the International Organization of Barcodes (GS1), an actual inspection of goods and require enterprises to present authorization use of foreign barcode owners or foreign competent authorities to check.
Based on the inspection results, if companies are found to violate regulations on using barcodes according to Clause 2, Article 19b of Decree No. 74/2018 / ND-CP, they shall be handled according to Point a, Clause 3, Article 32 of Decree 119 /2017/ND-CP.
In the case the company in Vietnam (the exporter, to be clear) doesn’t have evidences of authorization, the solution is that the exporter should send their GTINs that they have registered to GS1 Vietnam and we will resend those GTINs to the GS1 MO to confirm. After that, GS1 Vietnam will help the exporters to work with Vietnam Customs.
For more information: Decision 2417 VNC