According to the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, the Australian Ministry of Agriculture has just released a new announcement on bio-security conditions of parboiled rice for consumer or processing.
Accordingly, importers must prove parboiled rice via providing all information in the manufacturer's declaration such as rice being soaked in water at a minimum temperature of 600 degree Celsius in at least four hours or at 650 degree Celsius in two hours, the rice being steamed at a minimum temperature of 1,100 degree Celsius in at least 10 minutes or 1,170 degree Celsius in five minutes.
The Australian Ministry of Agriculture will verify the declaration information through random tests of germinated rice shipments.
All costs associated with this test exam will be covered by the importer.
Vietnam Customs yesterday announced that because of time reduction in customs clearance procedures for import and export goods, Vietnamese businesses have been able to save over US$3.28 billion in both direct and indirect costs. This is the result of the survey ‘Cross-border Commercial Transaction Index 2020’ for trading environment improvement, national competitiveness increase.
Many commercial banks have announced a 0.5-3 percent cut in lending interest rates and many policies to support customers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, feedback from individual customers in Ho Chi Minh City shows that banks have refused to aid them, even when they are in blocked areas and need priority.