Licensing procedures for import and export in Vietnam
A trading company in Vietnam has to register at the Department of Planning and Investment (DPI). After that, the department provides an investment certificate that allows the company to perform any import or export activities.
According to the Vietnamese Trading Law, some commodities are prohibited to export to Vietnam from other countries. Those are: drugs, fireworks, toxic chemical, weaponry, cigarettes, and others.
There are also certain product categories that require government’s permission to export to Vietnam:
● Goods under import control according to the international treaties signed by Vietnam.
● Industrial explosives, chemicals, and explosive substances.
If you are working with food products, consider that trading companies have to meet some requirements. For instance, the food safety, quarantine, and quality standards of their food before clearing customs. Customs declaration is also obligatory for Vietnamese importers and may be done online.