The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, known as NAFIQAD has urged seafood firms to apply for e-certificates through the national single window (NSW) system.
Seafood enterprises are required to apply for e-certification for thier products via NSW system through NAFIQAD’s instruction. Furthermore, these enterprises need to prepare e-signatures and accounts and register for e-certification of shipments that are being exported to South Korea and China from March 1 onwards. E-certification for seafood exported to other markets such as the EU will be done after the system is completed.
From March 15, NAFIQAD will stop receiving and resolving complaints over wrong information in the paper certification for sea products that are exported to South Korea and China if incorrect information is provided by the companies. NAFIQAD also requires its representatives to generalise the effectiveness of using the NSW registration for all seafood companies in the area.
NAFIQAD on May 16, 2016 asked its local offices in the Cà Mau Province, HCM City and Cần Thơ City to pilot two new administrative procedures on the NSW system to grant certifications for local prioritised and non-prioritised seafoods that are exported to China and South Korea. Since, its local offices have processed more than 1,200 registrations on the system and have granted nearly 600 e-certifications to local seafood companies.
However, the number of e-certificates granted to Vietnamese seafood producers on the NSW registration system has been less than expected, because a number of NAFIQAD’s offices and seafood companies have remained unwilling to use this method. In the near future, NAFIQAD will stop receiving paper registrations and enterprises will only be able to submit their registrations on the NSW system.