The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade announced new guideliness for its automatic licensing regime. The new guidelines have cheifly reduced the number of products covered under the requirement.



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Inception date: 04 Jan 2009 | Removal date: 11 Jul 2010

Import licensing requirement

The automatic licensing regime has been reintroduced as the previous guidelines were valid only until 31 December 2008. This licensing system requires importers to apply for licenses for imports of every lot of goods that are listed in the Decision. The importer is required to submit a dossier to the Ministry with the import and business details, 5 days after which the Ministry will issue an import license. After receipt of the license the import has to be completed within 30 days.

Major amendments have been made in the new Decision with regards to the goods that will be subject to the licensing requirement. Goods under HS chapters 07, 08, 09, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 34, 42, 48, 57, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 82, 90, 91, 95 and 96 that were subject to licensing earlier, have been included in the new requirement. Only goods under HS 7615, not covered under licesing earlier, have been added in this Decision.

The licensing requirement does not apply to goods imported when they are -

  • Imported for re-export or are temporarily exported for re-import; transferred from/to border gate or transited
  • Imported through non-commercial channels
  • Imported for direct use in production and processing (including for assembly, repairs or warranty)
  • Imported from abroad into non-tariff zones; goods produced, processed or assembled in non-tariff zones that are imported into the inland
  • Imported for sale at duty-free shops
  • Imported for the formation of fixed assets of investment projects under the Investment Law.

The Decision, announced without an expiration date, was replaced by a new Decision in May 2010 (see related state acts).