CBP offers classification and valuation assistance program to U.S. exporters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will provide technical assistance to help U.S. exporters resolve issues involving tariff classification and customs valuation treatment by other customs administrations. Read more

AmCham Fall Weekend, Sep 18 – 20, 2015, Angsana Lang Co

Annually since 2002, we have organized an off-site eekend for AmCham members and guests, with Roundtable discussion of key issues in Vietnam-U.S. trade and investment relations. Good conversations and good fellowship, good golf and other relaxations, and good value. Join us for the 14th Annual AmCham Weekend. Read more

Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress, Apr 2015

Apr 16, 2015. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that establishes concrete rules for international trade negotiations to help the United States deliver strong, high-standard trade agreements that will boost American exports and create new economic opportunities and better jobs for American workers, manufacturers, farmers, ranchers and entrepreneurs. House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Democratic Member Sander Levin leads opposition to the legislation.  Read more

U.S. Embassy “Helmets for Kids” Program – 20th Anniversary

U.S. Embassy Helmets for Kids - Helmet-Logo PhotoU.S. Embassy to Establish a Public Private Partnership with AIP Foundation to promote the 20th anniversary of U.S. – Vietnam Diplomatic Relations.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi will establish a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP Foundation), a US-registered, 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide road safety education and equipment in Vietnam with the goal of preventing traffic crash fatalities and injuries. For more information, please contact Brett Rose ([email protected]).  Read more

Technical assistance to help Vietnam implement TPP, 2014 – 2018

Kerry and MinhSecretary of State John Kerry announced a technical assistance program for Vietnam to help implement the TPP Commitments during his visit to Vietnam Dec 14-16, “And today, I am happy to announce USAID’s Governance for Inclusive Growth. It’s a program to help implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is not aid. I want to make that clear. This is an investment, and it’s an investment in broad-based and sustainable growth.” Secretary of State John Kerry, Dec 14, 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City.

On Jan 14, USAID signaled its robust support for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership with an event to launch its Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), which outlines the USAID’s development assistance program in Vietnam from 2014 through 2018.  At the event, USAID signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Justice to officially begin USAID’s new “Governance for Inclusive Growth” program. Read more

Secretary of State John Kerry: Remarks to AmCham and Fulbright Economics Program

SecState John Kerry, Ambassador David Shear“I want to thank the American Chamber of Commerce. The American Chamber of Commerce Vietnam and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and industry have made just a gigantic difference here. AmCham’s experience in Vietnam has really ushered in a new era of cooperation for the bilateral trade agreement in 2001, to the WTO session in 2007, and now we are working on the TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership. I’ll say a word about it.

But just think about this for a minute: Our bilateral trade has grown 50-fold, 50 times since 1995, to more than $25 billion a year now. Vietnam has the potential to become one of the United States’ leading economic partners in the region, and we’re going to continue to work at that. Read more

Customs – Business Dialogue, Rex Hotel, Nov 29, 2013, 08:00 – 12:00

Lê Mạnh Hà, Vice ChairmanA special dialogue to get updates on Vietnam’s “Customs – Business Partnership, 2013-2015,” Customs Administration and Business Facilitation in the amended Customs Law and in the TransPacific Partnership. In addition, ask questions, discuss current issues, future plans, and your experiences with Customs first-hand with Vietnam Customs Deputy Director General Vu Ngoc Anh, as well as local Customs officials from HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, the key manufacturing FDI provinces in the Southern Key Economic Region.

Vietnam Customs plans to emulate the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s “Custom – Trade Partnership,” and seeks regular dialogue with businesses. HCM City People’s Committee Vice Chairman Lê Mạnh Hà will lead the meeting and moderate the Q&A, organized by the HCM City Investment and Trade Promotion Center (ITPC), with AmCham’s support.

When: Fri, Nov 29, 08:00 – 12:00
Where: Rex Hotel

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United States and Viet Nam Sign Agreement on the Safety of Food, Medical Products

Countries Pledge to Cooperate on Training and Information Sharing to Improve Quality and Safety

Jun 24, 2008. The United States and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance the safety of food, feed, drugs and medical devices traded between the two nations.

The plan is the product of discussions between U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and senior Vietnamese officials in Hanoi just two months ago and it exemplifies the new import-safety strategy adopted by the U.S. Government in November 2007. Historically, U.S. authorities have primarily relied on intervention at the border to intercept unsafe goods. The new strategy, crafted by a Cabinet-level interagency Working Group on Import Safety chaired by Secretary Leavitt, calls for actively working with trading partners to help ensure they build quality into every step of a product’s life cycle.

“Trade between our two nations has grown exponentially in recent years and our societies are better off as a result — and our cooperation in health is stronger than ever,” said Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Tevi Troy, in signing the MOU. “With this agreement, we’re increasing our joint efforts to ensure the safety of goods our citizens consume on a daily basis. This is an important step forward for the health of the American and Vietnamese people.”

The MOU calls for cooperation in the following areas:

  • Information-sharing — the U.S. and Viet Nam governments will exchange information on their respective regulatory systems, such as details on laws and regulations; guidance documents; lists of drugs approved by HHS’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in aquaculture; training opportunities on key topics, such as safety surveillance of products after marketing; and timely information on potential or emerging issues of product safety (food-borne illnesses, food contamination, etc.).
  • Workshops and training — the two countries hope to conduct or participate in workshops or other training that concerns food, animal feed, and medical products, including those offered by international organizations. The two sides will also make efforts to find opportunities for joint training for food-borne illnesses and the oversight of food traded internationally.
  • Best practices in clinical trials — HHS/FDA and its counterpart agencies intend to cooperate on training and inspections of clinical trials for the development of medical products.
  • Seafood safety — In cooperation with Vietnamese authorities, the United States will undertake a detailed review of safety issues regarding fish and fishery products exported from Viet Nam to the United States.

The MOU takes effect immediately, has an initial life of three years, and is subject to revision and renewal, contingent upon the approval of both nations.

The United States and Viet Nam have a strong and growing trade relationship that has greatly accelerated in recent years. Since signing of the United States-Viet Nam Bilateral Trade Agreement in 2001, commerce between the two nations has increased eight-fold, fueled, in part, by the agriculture and aquaculture sectors. Two-way trade exceeded $12.5 billion in 2007, according to the Foreign-Trade Division of the Census Bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Import safety continues to be a key priority for HHS. As the signing ceremony took place in Washington, Secretary Leavitt participated in a day-long product safety forum in El Salvador with government officials and business leaders from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The forum is part of the Secretary’s week-long trip to México, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panamá to strengthen efforts to improve the safety of products and to advance joint programs to improve health care in the region.

The Memorandum of Understanding is available http://www.globalhealth.gov/news/agreements/ia062408.html.

More information about Import Safety, please visit www.importsafety.gov.

Source: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2008pres/06/20080624a.html

Business Leaders Forum • TPP: Interests & Concerns • followed by Dinner with U.S. Ambassador David Shear

U.S. Ambassador David ShearWhat does the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement mean for your business in Vietnam? Join us on May 24 to hear the interests and concerns from leaders of major FDI business associations in Vietnam, some that are members of the TPP, and some that are not members, but their FDI investments will benefit since they are producing in Vietnam for export to TPP member countries. Afternoon seminar, followed by dinner with keynote speech by U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear. Read more

Global Development Alliance for Disaster Reduction Business Opportunity

extidea_logoInterested private sector businesses are encouraged to learn more about USAID’s Global Development Alliance Addendum for Disaster Risk Reduction. This Addendum forms part of the USAID 2013 Global Development Alliance Program Statement and is a call for partnerships bringing together the private and public sector to reduce natural disaster risks in Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand. The closing date for 5-page concept papers is May 8, 2013. Read more