Worldwide Customs and Regulatory Updates


Suspension of the import of Alcohol, Cosmetics and Mobile Phone Products into Vietnam by air

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has released a new notice No.197/TB-BCT regarding the monitoring of the import of alcohol, cosmetics and mobile phone products into Vietnam. The new notice is effective from June 1, 2011.

Under the terms of the new notice, imports of these products are only permitted by sea transportation to three designated ports in Vietnam, namely Hai Phong, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

As a result, with effect from June 1 and until further notice, FedEx will not be able to accept shipments of alcohol, cosmetics and mobile phone products from any worldwide origin to Vietnam.

However, under the latest guidelines, No. 4640/BCT-XNK, released by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the following goods are exempt from the above changes:

  • Goods under temporary import for re-export or temporary export for re-import;
  • Cosmetics imported for  testing with a maximum quantity of 10 units and  subject to having an Import License from the Ministry of Health; in addition, Cosmetics with HS code 3306 and 3307;
  • Material imported for direct production and processing; goods imported for guarantee service, maintenance service, repair service or renewing and re-export;
  • Goods imported for exhibition purposes.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and invite you to contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Team if you have any questions.