U.S. provides product safety advice to Vietnam
As part of its stepped up monitoring of imported products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this month said it is working to educate Vietnamese officials on how to improve the safety of products exported to the United States.
The U.S. agency will provide information and technical exchanges to implement consumer safety programs. The announcement coincided with a visit to Hanoi by CPSC officials, who met with their Vietnamese government counterparts and conducted product safety training for Vietnamese exporters of consumer products.
“Vietnam understands the importance of protecting the safety of consumers,' said Ngo Quy Viet, director general of the Directorate for Standards and Quality of the Ministry of Science and Technology. 'Therefore, Vietnam welcomes collaboration with foreign partners, especially with those that have such an effective safety system as the United States, to improve consumer and importer confidence.”
The number of imports from Vietnam to the United States has taken off in recent years. According to U.S. International Trade Commission data, nearly $8.6 billion worth of products under CPSC jurisdiction came from Vietnam in 2007, a 31 percent increase from 2006.