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Conditions of foreign-invested enterprises on implementation import & export rights

Last Updated: 5/27/2020

* Conditions of foreign-invested enterprises on implementation export rights

According to Circular No. 08/2013/TT-BTC dated on April 22, 2013 issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade detailing the goods trading and directly related activities of foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam (“Circular No.08”), foreign-owned enterprises which have been licensed to conduct export activities are permitted to export, purchase goods in Vietnam for export, including goods imported in Vietnam by them or other enterprises already finished tax liability and other financial obligations, under the following conditions:

a. Export goods which are not in the list of those banned from export, list of those temporarily suspended from export, list of those of which the right to export is not granted according to international commitments;

b. For export goods in the list of conditional export goods, enterprises must meet conditions as prescribed by law;

c. For export goods in the list of goods to be exported under roadmaps specified in international commitments, enterprises must comply with the committed roadmap;

d. The export commodities must be suitable with content of the right to export which enterprises have been licensed for implementation.

The foreign-invested enterprises already licensed for right to export are entitled to directly do procedures for export of goods at customs agencies as prescribed by law.

The foreign-invested enterprises already licensed for right to export are entitled to directly purchase only goods of Vietnamese traders who have business registration or right to import, right to distribute such goods for export; not entitled to organize the network of goods purchase in Vietnam for export, unless otherwise provided by law of Vietnam or International treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a contracting party.

* Conditions of foreign-invested enterprises on implementation import rights:

Conditions of foreign-invested enterprises on implementation import rights:

Under Circular No. 08, foreign-owned enterprises which are licensed to import goods are permitted:

a. Import goods which are not in the list of those banned from import, list of those temporarily suspended from import, list of those of which the right to import is not granted according to international commitments;

b. Import goods belong in the list of conditional import goods, enterprises must meet conditions as prescribed by law;

c. Import goods belong in the list of goods to be imported under roadmaps specified in international commitments, enterprises must comply with the committed roadmap;

d. The import commodities must be suitable with content of the right to import which enterprises have been licensed for implementation.

The foreign-invested enterprises already licensed for right to import are entitle to directly do procedures for import of goods at customs agencies as prescribed by law.

The foreign-invested enterprises already licensed for right to import but not yet licensed for right to distribute are entitled to directly sell import goods for Vietnamese traders who have business registration or right to export, right to distribute such goods; not entitled to organize or participate in the network of goods distribution in Vietnam, unless otherwise provided by law of Vietnam or International treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a contracting party.

* Conditions of foreign-owned enterprises on implementation distribution rights:

Distribution is defined as Decree 23 as “activities of wholesaling, retailing, agency for purchase and sale of goods and franchising in accordance with the law of Vietnam”. The right to distribution is defined as “the right to undertake directly activities of distribution”.

Under Circular No. 08, foreign-owned enterprises which have been licensed to conduct distribution activities shall be permitted:

a) To conduct wholesaling, retailing, franchising and agency for trading goods manufactured in Vietnam and goods imported into Vietnam, except:

i) For goods on the list of those banned from business and list of those of which the right to distribution is not granted under international commitments;

ii) For goods restrained for business or goods of conditional business, enterprises must meet conditions as prescribed by law;

iii) For distribution goods in the list of goods to be distributed under roadmaps specified in international commitments, enterprises must comply with the committed roadmap.

b) The distribution commodities must be suitable with content of the right to distribution which enterprises have been licensed for implementation.

Depending on the method of business, investor could choose one of activities belonging to distributions rights. With each method, the investor needs to apply a suitable business registration issued by competent authorities.

Further, foreign invested enterprises whose investment registered retail business line in their investment certificate could open a single retail outlet in order to sell their goods to the end of user or customers.  The setting up of retail establishments including the first retail establishments must abide by law regulations on state management for retail activities and be conformable with the related master plans of central-affiliated cities and provinces, where are expected for setting up of retail establishments.   The setting up of retail establishments in addition to the first retail establishments are considered for each specific case based on the examination on economic demand of each locality where place retail establishment under the criteria: Quantity of retail establishments, stability of market, residential density and scale of district-level localities where are expected for the setting up of retail establishments.

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