South Korean firms in Việt Nam can reap FTAs benefits

04/12/2020    92

South Koreans investing in Việt Nam can capitalise on preferential treatment under free trade agreements (FTAs) that Việt Nam has signed to boost exports, one top official said.

Vũ Việt Nga, Deputy Head of East Asia Division under the Department of Asia-Africa Markets from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, was speaking during a teleconference held in Hà Nội on Wednesday.

Themed “Việt Nam-Korea Investment Connection”, the event was co-organised by the Việt Nam Trade Promotion Agency, the Department of Asia-Africa Markets from the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the South Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), with the aim to introduce and update information about investment opportunities and trends of South Korean enterprises in Việt Nam, as well as introducing investment environment in localities.

Việt Nam has signed 14 free trade agreements, which are ATIGA, RCEP, CPTPP, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand, ASEAN-South Korea, ASEAN-China, ASEAN-Japan, ASEAN-Hong Kong, Việt Nam-Chile, Việt Nam-Japan, Việt Nam-South Korea, Việt Nam- Eurasian Economic Union and Việt Nam-EU, said Nga.

“In the 2016-20 period, most tariff lines under the FTAs have entered the period of being deeply cut or completely removed,” she told Việt Nam News.

“Foreign enterprises, including South Korean firms, can make full use of much-touted benefits of those FTAs to increase export revenue as well as expand export markets, she said.

“But to be able to enjoy preferential tariffs under FTAs, the products must meet requirements under the rules of origin.”

Goods eligible for preferential treatment under FTAs have to meet general or product-specific rules of origin, and have appropriate documentation, known as the certificate of origin (C/O).

Each FTA has its own certificate of origin form, she said.

“Việt Nam has a safe and stable investment environment, fast and sustainable economic growth as well as young and low-cost human resources. The country has done a good job in controlling COVID-19.

“To attract foreign investment, Việt Nam has continuously reformed and simplified administrative procedures and policies, offering a large number of incentives in corporate income tax and import tax,” she said.

According to statistics in 2019, the whole country has 326 industrial parks and 17 coastal economic zones concentrated in big cities such as Hà Nội, HCM City, Bắc Ninh, Đồng Nai, Bình Dương, Long An, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Cần Thơ, Đà Nẵng.

Nga added: “The road traffic system has been upgraded and expanded, highways are better developed to make trade between provinces and economic regions easier, as well as facilitating the transport of raw materials.

"In addition, with 49 seaports, 8 airports and 23 border gates, Việt Nam is currently an international cargo transhipment hub in the Asia-Pacific region." 

Since establishing diplomatic relations in 1992, Việt Nam and South Korea have strongly developed in all fields of politics, defense, security, economy and culture, said Hoàng Minh Chiến, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Việt Nam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade).

“The strategic co-operation partnership is tightened closer with the signing of the Việt Nam-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (VKFTA) on May 5, 2015," Chiến said. 

"Under the trade deal, the two sides had given each other many incentives in goods, services and investment, creating the driving force for growth in trade and investment co-operation.”

As of October this year, the total registered capital of South Korean businesses in Việt Nam reached US$70.4 billion with 8,900 projects. This year, South Korea has been pouring into 530 projects in Việt Nam a total capital investment of $3.4 billion, said Lee Jong Seob, President of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) in Southeast Asia-Oceania cum General Director of KOTRA in Hà Nội.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of South Korean expats working in Việt Nam has reached 10,000, which expressed the readiness of South Korean businesses when investing in Việt Nam, he said.

Source: Vietnam News