Vietnam will join the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) in granting certificates for seafood exports to the European Union (EU), the government portal reported on October 11.

TRACES is a trans-European web-based network for veterinary health that notifies, certifies and monitors imports, exports and trade in animals and animal products around the world.

The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheres Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) said it has sent a dispatch notifying the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) of its participation in the network after receiving a proposal from the directorate.

The Nafiqad suggested that DG SANCO provide specific guidance and organise training courses for concerned Vietnamese authorities and employees of Vietnamese enterprises involved in exporting seafood to the EU.

The department said joining TRACE would enable it to simplify certification procedures, promptly inform authorities and businesses of the conditions of goods and restrict the falsification of documents.

The European Commission established and began to operate the network in 2003. Concerned authorities and private sector economic operators all over the world can use this system to trace the movement of animals and animal products being traded in the world market.-VNA