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The Prime Minister has instructed the removal of obstacles for the export of medicinal materials.

26/04/2024 15:05

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has just signed Dispatch No. 35/CĐ-TTg on April 10, 2024, sent to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance regarding the facilitation of medicinal materials export activities.

The content of the dispatch clarifies that recently, the media has reflected difficulties in the export activities of certain medicinal materials, which have adversely affected the production and business operations of many enterprises. Besides the challenging market conditions and decreasing prices, there are also obstacles arising from the implementation of certain regulations by the Ministry of Health as stipulated in Circular No. 48/2018/TT-BYT dated December 28, 2018, and Circular No. 03/2021/TT-BYT dated March 4, 2021.

To promptly address the obstacles in the export of medicinal materials and create momentum to boost production and business activities for enterprises in this field, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has instructed:

The Ministry of Health, in its function, duties, and authority, shall lead, coordinate with the Ministry of Finance and relevant agencies to urgently review, study, amend, and improve the regulations of the Ministry regarding the import and export of medicinal materials, ensuring the swift removal of obstacles to facilitate the production and business activities of enterprises as prescribed. The revision of these regulations should be completed before April 25, 2024.

Previously, the Vietnam Pepper and Spice Association (VPSA) issued Letter No. 71/CV-VPSA proposing to the Government regarding the regulations on the export of cinnamon essential oil according to Circular No. 48/2018/TT-BYT dated December 28, 2018 of the Ministry of Health.

The VPSA letter states that due to difficulties faced by enterprises in complying with regulations on the management and export of cinnamon essential oil, there are currently approximately 100 tons of inventory in the raw material area. It is estimated that by the end of the Spring cinnamon season in March-April 2024, there will be an additional approximately 400 tons of essential oil.

Based on the above reality, the VPSA proposes that both the general category of essential oils and specifically cinnamon essential oil are versatile product groups with significant global demand for food purposes. In the future, other spices from Vietnam also have the potential to develop into processed products such as essential oils. Therefore, the Association believes that management should create favorable conditions to maximize support for exports, especially for value-added and circular agriculture products, supporting carbon emission reduction, and being the livelihood of ethnic minorities in highland areas.

The Association and localities have also reported to the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade, and the General Department of Customs (Ministry of Finance), while simultaneously proposing to the Ministry of Health to consider facilitating the export of cinnamon essential oil under enterprise declarations as a regular export commodity group, intended for purposes other than pharmaceutical or medicinal ingredients.

In the case of enterprises exporting natural cinnamon essential oil for use as ingredients in food and beverages, these enterprises must comply with the provisions of Decree No. 15/2018/NĐ-CP detailing the implementation of some articles of the Food Safety Law. Enterprises are responsible for legal compliance regarding declaration content and adherence to the regulations of legal documents on exported goods.



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