On December 29th, 2020, representatives of Vietnam and the United Kingdom signed the free trade agreement negotiation between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UKVFTA) in London, United Kingdom. It would open up opportunities for flow of goods and that investors from UK to make investment in Vietnam through setting up company, and manufacturing facilities.
After December 31st, 2020, the Vietnam – EU free trade agreement (EVFTA) will no longer apply to the UK due to Brexit, so the implementation of the signing of a free trade agreement between the two countries is essential to sustaining and developing economic cooperation. The UKVFTA is expected to help reduce import duties on goods from the UK to Vietnam and vice versa. In addition, the commitments in the Agreement will help develop trade and investment between the two countries in the coming time.
In recent years, the UK is a major trading partner of Vietnam in Europe, the import-export turnover between the two countries has increased significantly, especially products of seafood, garments, wood products, agricultural products etc. Besides opportunities to promote exports, improve business investment environment, expand commodity supply, the UKVFTA also poses certain challenges in meeting the quality of goods to qualify for pressure tax incentives in the Agreement.
In order to make the most of the economic effects from the UKVFTA, there are UK investors to invest and produce products that meet the quality and demand conditions for the UK market is essential for Vietnam. Besides, in addition, the advantages of British investors such as finance, pharmaceuticals, chemicals…will benefit Vietnam. Investing in Vietnam in this industries will enable investors to take advantage of highly skilled labor, perfect facilities as well as investment attraction policies in Vietnam to bring the best benefits for investors. On that basis, Vietnam also learn the operations, management and experience from British investors, thereby helping to develop the domestic market. In addition, Vietnam also needs to import raw materials for UK manufacturing industries such as textile materials and leather to ensure compliance with the rules of origin in order to make the best use of incentives from the Agreement.
With the negotiation of the Agreement, this is a new beginning for the economic relationship between the two countries Vietnam and the UK during a period of many difficulties due to epidemics and economic crisis. In addition, this is a step towards further developing the diplomatic, cultural and educational relationship between the two countries in the future.