Opportunities for Vietnam to maintain stable rice export to Philippines hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippines’s lowering tariffs on imported rice would open up opportunities for Vietnam to maintain stable supply of the product for the country and helping it stabilise the domestic market, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade said.

However, given the fierce price competition with traditional rice exporters like Thailand and India, the ministry urged domestic firms to foster cooperation and connectivity with cooperatives and major farming households to minimise intermediate stages, thus cutting costs and enhancing competitiveness.

At the same time, exporters should study and observe relevant regulations set by the Philippines, including those on customs declaration, the ministry said, noting that they should negotiate and sign contracts with only businesses that have been granted with the Sanitary Phytosanitary Import Clearance (SPS-IC) by the Philippine Department of Agriculture.

They also need to keep updated on the market, as the tariff cut under the Philippine President's order can be changed anytime, and draw up plans to prevent business risks, while stepping up inspections and supervisions over rice quality to absolutely ensure the prestige of Vietnamese rice, the ministry suggested.

Earlier, in an executive order, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte cut the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates on rice to 35 percent from 40 percent for in-quota purchases and 50 percent for out-quota volume for one year.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, in the first four months of this year, Vietnam shipped over 715,000 tonnes of rice valued at some 380 million USD to the Philippines, accounting for 36.27 percent of the total exported rice./.