To be able to export aquatic products and seafood to Vietnam, the exporters need to be in the list of FOREIGN FISHERY ESTABLISMENTS APPROVED FOR EXPORT FISHERIES PRODUCTS TO VIET NAM

A. Inspection and control agencies
1. Agencies conducting inspection in exporting countries: The Animal Health Department.
2. Agencies conducting inspection at border gates: units under or authorized by the Animal Health Department.
3. Agencies conducting inspection at storage-yards and issuing certificates or notices of food hygiene and safety quality: units under or authorized by the Animal Health Department.
4. Inspecting and supervising bodies to products placed on the market:
a. Sub-Departments of Animal Health of provinces/cities under Central Authority conduct inspection and supervision to imported products of terrestrial animal origin in accordance with the supervising programs stipulated in the Circular No. 05/2010/TT-BNNPTNT of January 22, 2010 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development guiding the FHS inspection and supervision of agro-products prior to being placed on the market.
b. National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Sub-Departments of provinces/cities under Central Authority or units in charge of agro-forestry-fishery quality assurance under the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conduct FHS inspection and supervision to imported products of aquatic animal origin in accordance with the supervising programs stipulated in the Circular 56/2009/TT-BNNPTNT of September 7, 2009 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development guiding the FHS inspection and supervision of fishery products prior to being placed on the market.

B. Registration dossiers
The competent body of an exporting country shall submit registration dossiers to the Animal Health Department of Vietnam. A dossier comprises:
-A list of registered Vietnam-bound exporters
– Information on the food hygiene and safety control system and capacity of the competent body of the exporting country, made according to a form provided in Appendix 2 (below).
– Brief information of food hygiene and safety conditions of exporters, made according to a form provided in Appendix 3 (below).
When wishing to add Vietnam-bound exporters, the competent body of an exporting country shall submit the dossier above to a competent Vietnamese agency for consideration (dossier verification or physical inspection in the exporting country) and addition to the list of eligible Vietnam-bound exporters.

C. Verification of registration dossiers
Within 30 working days of receipt of completed registration document, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, together with the Department of Animal Health verify registration document, inform Competent Authorities of the exporting country of the verification result and inspection plan to the exporting country if necessary.

D. Inspection contents
1. The legal system on food hygiene and safety management and control;
2. Capacity of the food hygiene and safety control body of the exporting country;
3. Food hygiene and safety conditions of registered Vietnam-bound exporters.

E. Inspection modes
1. First-time inspection: To inspect the food hygiene and safety control system and food hygiene and safety conditions of exporters of an exporting country to recognize their export to Vietnam.
2. Supervisory inspection: To inspect the maintenance of the food hygiene and safety control system of an exporting country and food hygiene and safety conditions of recognized exporters.

F. Processing of inspection results and announcement of lists of eligible Vietnam-bound exporters
1. When physical inspection in an exporting country is not required, the Animal Health Department shall announce inspection results together with a list of eligible Vietnam-bound exporters.
2. When physical inspection in an exporting country is required, within 30 working days after concluding an inspection in the exporting country, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department shall process and announce inspection results together with a list of eligible Vietnam-bound exporters.
When inspection results show that food hygiene and safety requirements are not full) met the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department shall notify such and clearly state the reasons for ineligible Vietnam-bound exporters.

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