Canada protects two Vietnamese brands

Friday, Jan 18, 2019 16:17

Harvesting coffee in Buon Me Thuot, Dak Lak Province. Buon Me Thuot Coffee and Phu Quoc Fish Sauce are protected brands in Canada under CPTPP. — Photo

Viet Nam’s two brands with geographical indication (GI) certification, Phu Quoc Fish Sauce and Buon Ma Thuot Coffee, are protected in the Canadian market under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The protection was implemented on January 14, the day CPTPP took effect in Viet Nam.

According to the commitments on protecting investors under the deal, the North American nation will help Viet Nam train workers to support the two GI-certified brands.

On the other hand, Viet Nam must prohibit the sale of any alcohol called Canadian whiskey or Canadian rye whiskey not made in Canada because Canada considers the sale could damage its national brands.

The Multilateral Trade Policy Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade said CPTPP member countries have committed to eliminating 97 to 100 per cent of the import tariffs for made-in-Viet Nam goods once the agreement comes into full effect.

Many Vietnamese sectors will benefit from the change including footwear, rice, seafood and wood products.

Viet Nam’s footwear exports to Canada will enjoy a 75 per cent tax reduction compared to the current rate. Import taxes to Mexico and Peru for footwear will be gradually reduced, to be removed altogether in 16 years.

Local seafood products will also be tariff free when exporting to Canada and Japan. — VNS

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