Europe opens markets to Vietnamese industrial minerals

By IM Staff
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016

The text of a new trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam has been released, outlining key measures such as the cancellation of tariffs on Vietnamese rare earths exported into the EU, while the Southeast Asian country is to benefit from the removal of duties on European lithium.

By Keith Nuthall

Details have been released explaining how the EU will open up its markets to rare earths and other minerals from Vietnam under a trade deal struck in August 2015, despite concerns the country is a conduit for smuggled raw materials from southern China.

The agreement, which was...

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