IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

SMEs

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Jun 2011 | Removal date: 29 Dec 2012
Still in force

Import-related non-tariff measure, nes

Notice 197/TB-BCT on imports of wines & spirits, mobile phones and cosmetics was issued on 6 May 2011 and entered into force on 1 June 2011. It requires that all imports of these products must enter into Viet Nam through customs clearance facilities of the three international seaports of Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong and Da Nang. It also introduces a requirement for additional customs documentation to be provided and an obligation to have these documents approved by the consulate of Vietnam in the exporting country.
This measure, which de facto banned all import routes by road, rail, air and to seaports other than the three mentioned in the Notice, may cause considerable disruption in export patterns and trade losses. Furthermore, obtaining additional necessary documentation and having it consulate-approved causes an additional administrative burden, costs and delays.
 
According to an official press release of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, this regulation was abolished on 7 January 2013 'in a bid to help struggling businesses'. With immediate effect traders are permitted to import by road, air and rail, as well as through all ports.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

241 Ethyl alcohol; spirits, liqueurs & spirits
2208 Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 80 % vol.; spirits, liqueurs and other spirituous beverages.
220820 Spirits obtained by distilling grape wine or grape marc
220830 Whiskies
220860 Vodka
220890 Other
242 Wines
2204 Wine of fresh grapes, including fortified wines; grape must other than that of heading 20.09.
220421 In containers holding 2 l or less
353 Soap, cleaning preparations, perfumes & toilet preparations
3304 Beauty or makeup preparations and preparations for the care of the skin (other than medicaments), including sunscreen or sun tan preparations; manicure or pedicure preparations.
330410 Lip makeup preparations
330491 Powders, whether or not compressed
330499 Other
452 Computing machinery & parts
8517 Telephone sets, including telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks; other apparatus for the transmission or reception of voice, images or other data, including apparatus for communication in a wired or wireless network (such as a lo
851769 Other
472 Television & radio transmitters; cameras; telephone sets
8517 Telephone sets, including telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks; other apparatus for the transmission or reception of voice, images or other data, including apparatus for communication in a wired or wireless network (such as a lo
851711 Line telephone sets with cordless handsets
851712 Telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks
851718 Other
851761 Base stations
851762 Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data, including switching and routing apparatus
474 Parts for the goods of classes 4721 to 4733 & 4822
8517 Telephone sets, including telephones for cellular networks or for other wireless networks; other apparatus for the transmission or reception of voice, images or other data, including apparatus for communication in a wired or wireless network (such as a lo
851770 Parts

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