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International feed traders and producers under investigation

Ministries and agencies in Vietnam are to probe the implementation of prices, tax and competition between foreign-invested companies producing and trading feed for shrimp and fish.

October 14, 2015

Ministries and agencies in Vietnam are to probe the implementation of prices, tax and competition between foreign-invested companies producing and trading feed for shrimp and fish.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked the Minister of Finance (MoF) to co-operate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), police and other relevant offices to investigate whether these companies have indulged in pricing transfers.

The MoF and relevant offices in cities and provinces will inspect companies that account for a large share of the local market for shrimp and fish feed and investigate violations on price, and tax. The MoIT will also inspect the competitive norms of those companies.

Authorities in the provinces and cities will inspect the declaration and listing of the selling price at provinces and cities.

The deputy prime minister acted after suggestions from members of the National Assembly that foreign-invested enterprises were dominating the local feed market.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in recent years some of these enterprises have violated price regulations by failing to declare prices in accordance with regulations and by selling items for amounts that differ from the declared price. Enterprises that hold large market shares are not on the list of enterprises that must declare price under existing regulations.

However, agencies have not found any deal between foreign-invested companies to control the price of feed for shrimp and fish.

For many years, the domestic fishery industry needed an annual average rate of 3.53 million tonnes of feed for shrimp and fish and foreign firms accounted for 80 per cent of the supply.

In the past five years, prices of foreign feed for shrimp and fish have increased 6 to 7 times compared with previous years, because companies claimed they would have suffered losses due to high input prices.

Source: Vietnam News. Read the full article here

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