VietNamNet Bridge – From January 1, 2012, plastic bags will bear the environment tax as stipulated by the Environment Protection Law. However, people still have doubts about if the goal of reducing the plastic bags in use is attainable. Under the national strategy on solid waste control approved by the government, by 2015, Vietnam will see the volume of plastic bags to be used at supermarkets and shopping malls reduce by 40 percent from that in 2010. Run before one's horse to market Once the Environment Protection Law comes into effect, every one kilo of plastic bags will bear the tax of 30,000-50,000 dong. If so, plastic bags will become more expensive, which will force Vietnamese people think carefully when using plastic bags. However, some analysts do not think that the high tax can help. Most Vietnamese people do not have the habit of bringing fabric bags when going shopping. Though people well understand the ill effects of plastic bags, more than 50 percent of the … [Read more...] about Will high tax help drive back plastic bags?
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The US continues to impose countervailing duty (CVD) as well as old duty rates on polyethylene retail carrier bags (plastic bags) from Viet Nam after the first sunset review on the duty in May, reported Viet Nam Competition Authority. According to the final results of sunset review, the US Department of Commerce held that revoking the CVD on plastic bags from Viet Nam was likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailing subsidies. The tax rate would remain 52.56 per cent for Advance Polybag Co. Ltd and 5.28 per cent for Fotai Vietnam Enterprise Corp. and Fotai Enterprise Corporation. Meanwhile, all other entities would face a CVD rate of 5.28 per cent on the plastic bags exported to the US. On May 4, 2010, the department published the order imposing the CVD on plastic bags from Viet Nam with tariffs ranging between 5.28 per cent and 52.56 per cent. This was the first dual investigation regarding anti-dumping and anti-subsidy mechanisms carried out by … [Read more...] about US keeps tariff on Vietnam’s plastic bags
City to minimize plastic bag use from 2012 By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The city’s program to reduce the discharge of plastic bags into the environment by 40% by 2015 will be officially applied for all local supermarkets and shopping centers from January 1 next year. At a meeting held on Monday in HCMC, the city’s vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin ordered related agencies to complete criteria on degradable and environmentally-friendly bags within the year to make it easier for supermarkets and shopping malls to carry out the program from early next year. The city has around 230 traditional markets, 80 supermarkets and 17 shopping centers with total volume of nylon bags being used at 32 tons daily, while the number used by households amounts to about 70 tons. Without official criteria, retailers and degradable bag manufacturers alike find it hard to raise local residents’ awareness of minimizing plastic bag usage. Research has shown that it takes plastic bags … [Read more...] about City to minimize plastic bag use from 2012
Hoi An says no to plastic bags Nguyen Su Avoiding the use of plastic bags has become an everyday habit deeply ingrained in the awareness of the environmentally friendly residents of Hoi An. Nguyen Su, secretary of the Hoi An City Party Committee, is the person who came up with the revolutionary idea of “Hoi An says no to plastic bags”. He brought this idea to life with his eco-spirit, dedication and determination. Can you tell us where the idea to ‘say no to plastic bags’ came from? - I remember walking down the Cua Dai beach and I was horrified when I saw plastic bags bobbing up and down on the water’s surface, polluting the beach, and a similar sight where the Hoai River empties into the ocean. I was disgusted at what I had witnessed and it made me very uncomfortable. Soon after I was on a boat ride going out to the Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve and I told my fellow passengers, “We need to start encouraging the local people to limit their use … [Read more...] about Hoi An says no to plastic bags
Counselor Ngô Văn Thoan told on March 30 that though the Vietnamese side had provided the US with adequate information and data relating to its support for companies in accordance with the rules of the World Trade Organization, of which Việt Nam and the US are members, the US side still made unfair determinations based on their own views. On March 26, DOC announced its affirmative final determinations in the AD and CVD investigations on imports of plastic bags from Việt Nam. DOC determined that producers/exporters from Việt Nam have sold plastic bags at less than normal value in the US at 52.30% to 76.11%. It also determined that Vietnamese producers/exporters have received net countervailable subsidies ranging from less than 1% to 52.56%. According to DOC's determination, in the AD investigations, 16 Vietnamese producer/exporters qualified for a separate rate of 52.30%. All other Vietnamese producers/exporters of plastic bags received the Việt Nam wide rate of 76.11%, including the … [Read more...] about VN Trade Counselor: US determinations on plastic bags unfair