Strengthening control of limestone exports in Vietnam

In order to ensure that exported limestone products have legal origins in accordance with the law on minerals, the General Department of Customs has just directed local customs units in Vietnam to comply with management requirements in accordance with the law.


Officers of Cua Lo port, Vietnam inspect exported stone products. Photo: H.Nu
 

According to this export, the Customs authority establishes the criteria for channeling and physical inspection for all export shipments of limestone and common construction stone in Vietnam with a particle size of ≤ 100 mm, declaring the goods code. chemicals of heading 25.17.

The Customs Departments of provinces and cities direct the customs branches to take samples and send them to the Customs Inspection agency for analysis and assessment for export shipments of limestone and common construction stone in Vietnam with the size Particle size ≤ 100 mm without declaring CaCO3 content or declaring CaCO3 content < 85%.

The sampling process must be supervised and witnessed by the Customs. The sample must be sealed with a customs seal with the seal, signature of the officer supervising the sampling and the signature of the customs declarant.
In case the results of analysis and assessment of stone exports for export in Vietnam have CaCO3 content ≥ 85%, the classification shall be carried out according to the guidance of the General Department of Customs in Official Dispatch No. 8019/TCHQ-TXNK dated December 22 2020.

Specifically, limestone products that meet the national standard TCVN 6072:2013 must be classified into group 25.21. Specifically, based on the provisions of Articles 64 and 82 of the Law on Minerals, the authority to issue mining licenses in Vietnam is as follows: Limestone mining licenses are issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Mineral mining license issued by the Provincial People's Committee to exploit limestone in areas with scattered and small minerals has been delineated and announced by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; The license for exploiting minerals is granted by the provincial People's Committee. (Article 67 of the Law on Minerals stipulates that the full exploitation of minerals is the extraction of minerals remaining in the waste dumps of the mines where a decision has been made to close the mine).
In addition, the General Department of Customs said, in the opinion of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, according to the provisions of the law on minerals; According to relevant standards and regulations, limestone in Vietnam with CaCO3 content ≥ 85% is not a common building material and the issuance of mining permits falls under the authority of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
If you want to recover the accompanying minerals, the amount of limestone in Vietnam with CaCO3 content ≥ 85%; enterprises must obtain permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment or the relevant provincial People's Committee after obtaining the written opinion of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
In case the results of analysis and identification of exported limestone shipments in Vietnam have CaCO3 content < 85%, they should report it to the General Department of Customs for guidance before customs clearance.
If there is any doubt about the illegal origin, the customs sub-department shall transfer it to the Customs Control Team for investigation, verification and clarification; ensure that the export shipment complies with the law.

N.Linh
 

Source: Customs Newspaper Online

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