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VIETNAM: New Upper Limits Announced for Textile Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines

New maximum formaldehyde and aromatic amines levels have been announced for all textile products sold in Vietnam. According to recently released Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) guidelines, the acceptable formaldehyde level for textile products likely to be used by children below the age of three has been capped at 30 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg). For textiles likely to come into direct contact with skin, 75 mg per kg is the upper limit, while 300 mg per kg is the highest acceptable level for textiles unlikely to be in direct skin contact. The content limit for aromatic amines sourced from azo dyes, meanwhile, has been set at 30 mg per kg for all textile products.

The regulations also allow exemptions for certain textile products. These include the personal effects of overseas visitors entering Vietnam on a temporary basis, textiles imported for re-export purposes, goods stored in bonded warehouses, goods in transit and any undyed/unbleached textiles or fabrics.

The new regulations were announced in Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT as issued by the MOIT on 23 October 2017. They will come into effect as of 1 May 2018.

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