Resolving Problems of Codes and Barcodes on Exports

9:56:12 AM | 21/8/2020

In fulfilling customs procedures for exported goods, customs declarants are not required to present a written certification of the use of foreign barcodes granted by a competent agency. This is the latest guidance of the General Department of Vietnam Customs sent to local customs departments on the use of foreign codes and barcodes affixed to exported goods.

Specifically, with respect to affixed foreign barcodes on exported goods, the General Department of Vietnam Customs instructed that in performing customs procedures for exported goods, customs officers do not request customs declarants to present a written certification of the use of foreign barcodes and codes granted by a competent agency.

Customs declarants are responsible to the law for the use of foreign codes and barcodes on exported goods and packages of exported goods.

Regarding authorization of use of foreign codes, the proof granted by foreign competent authorities or authorization of use of foreign codes by foreign owners in one of the following forms: authorization document, authorization letter, outsourcing contract or electronic authorization letter or other forms of authorization internationally recognized, signed and sealed for certification by the exporter, the enterprise is responsible to the law for the documents provided.

Customs authorities do not impose penalties for administrative violations related to the use of foreign codes and barcodes on exported goods. In case they find that exporters do not have certification documents or authorizations for use of foreign codes and barcodes, they will send a written notice to this effect to the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality for further handling.

These contents are specified in Official Letter 3776/TCHQ-GSQL, which will replace other official documents on regulations on use of foreign barcodes affixed to the exported goods, issued by the General Department of Customs.

By Huong Hau, Vietnam Business Forum