The European Union (EU) and Vietnam have completed trade negotiations on a new trade agreement!

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) marks a milestone in a strong and long-lasting relationship between the EU member states and Vietnam. The EU Parliament already approved the agreement in February 2020. Ratification by the Vietnamese National Assembly took place on 8 June 2020.

Trade liberalization

For several years now, Vietnam has been the second biggest trade partner among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after Singapore. It represents a great opportunity for European exporters, as Vietnam is a market with huge potential for the EU’s agricultural, industrial and services exports.

Improved market access is one of the key objectives of the EVFTA. Therefore, the trade agreement aims at eliminating 99% of customs duties on exports in both directions within the coming years. However, it is planned to liberalize 65% of EU exports to Vietnam and 71% of Vietnamese exports to the EU from day one.

Depending on the industry, certain exporters will benefit sooner or later from duty exemption. For European exporters, all products will be duty free after a period of ten years, while for Vietnamese producers all exported products will be liberalized within seven years. For example, while almost all EU exports of machinery and appliances will be fully liberalized at entry into force of the FTA, all cars will be duty free after ten years. In contrary, EU duties on Vietnamese textile apparel have dismantling periods from five to seven years for the more sensitive items and three years at entry into force for less sensitive goods. Moreover, EU offered mostly duty-free tariff rate quotas for Vietnamese rice exports.

Rules of origin

Preferential rules of origin (RoO) have become trade policy instruments used to enhance or to limit market access for preferential partners.  For the first time in an FTA, Vietnam accepted the marking of origin “Made in EU” for non-agricultural goods, with the exception of pharmaceuticals (which are still to a great extent subject to national approvals in the EU). Member State-specific markings of origin will continue to be accepted as well.

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