HANOI (Reuters) – A U.S. probe into Vietnam’s currency and timber could hurt bilateral relations and negatively effects employees and buyers in each nations, Vietnam stated on Friday, citing remarks by its trade minister to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
The Trump administration in late December named Vietnam a currency manipulator, a move that organizations mentioned could see the USTR impose tariffs on Vietnamese products. It has also accused Vietnam of avoiding tariffs by mislabelling solutions manufactured from Chinese timber.
“This investigation could result in quite a few undesirable outcomes, harm bilateral relations, and have adverse impacts on countless numbers of firms, and tens of millions of workers and buyers in Vietnam and the United States,” Vietnam’s trade ministry stated in a statement, paraphrasing remarks by minister Tran Tuan Anh in a cellular phone conversation with Robert Lighthizer on Thursday.
The internet site and official Twitter account of the business of the USTR experienced no instant assertion on the conversation. The U.S. embassy in Hanoi claimed it had no instant remark.
Vietnam international minister, Pham Binh Minh, and U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo discussed the exact same problem on Wednesday.
Vietnam has constantly reported its currency insurance policies had been to preserve trade price security and keep inflation below management and did not look for an unfair trade benefit.
The United States is Vietnam’s largest export market place, accounting for above a quarter of its full export profits in 2020. Its vital exports to the place incorporate garments, electronics and wood products.
In Thursday’s cellular phone discuss, Anh prompt the U.S. investigation address all facets and possible impacts, and be conducted in a truthful, thorough and clear way, the Vietnamese assertion explained.
“We hope that the two sides could close this circumstance easily without taxes remaining imposed on Vietnamese products,” it mentioned.
The Vietnamese statement quoted Lighthizer referring to “rumours” of taxes getting imposed, and indicating individuals were being not true as the USTR experienced nonetheless to make any conclusions. Reuters could not instantly validate the remark.
Reporting by Phuong Nguyen Modifying by Martin Petty