ANNOUNCEMENT 06 May 2011In May 2011, the government of Viet Nam announced a change in import formalities.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Ministry of Industry and Trade, Notice 197/TB-BCT (in English, available on the website of the Vietnamese embassy in Chile): http://www.vietradeinchile.gov.vn/website/article.aspx?article_ID=11116
European Commission, DG Trade: Ninth Report on potentially trade restrictive measures, http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2012/june/tradoc_149526.pdf
Import rules on phones, cosmetics relaxed, http://www.gdt.gov.vn
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.