Export Assistance: Vietnam

Food Processing Ingredients|Food Processing Ingredients|Hanoi|Vietnam|04/13/2020

In 2019, Vietnam imported $12.8 billion in consumer-oriented products. Vietnam’s young population, growing middle class, and rapid urbanization is leading to more eating out, traveling, shopping in supermarkets and hypermarkets, and increased consumption of convenience and processed foods. Promising food processing ingredients include, tree nuts, minced pork, poultry products, dairy products, other edible bovine products, processed fruits, peanuts, wheat, and potatoes
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Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Export Certificate Report |FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|01/13/2020

This report provides an overview of the health and quarantine certificates needed for exporting food and agricultural products to Vietnam. Updates have been made to Section I.3 – Meat and meat products; Section I.4 – Aquatic animals and products thereof; Section II.5 – Certificate of Origin; Section III.1 – Export Certificate for Meat and Meat Products; and Section III.2 – Export Health Certificate for Seafood.
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Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Country Report|FAIRS Annual Country Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|01/13/2020

This report provides an update of the food and agricultural laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam. Updated sections include: Section II – Food Additives; Section III – Pesticides and Other Contaminants, and Section V – Labeling. Minor updates are added to Section VIII – Other Certification and Testing, Section IX – Import Procedure, and Section X – Copyrights and Trademark Laws.
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Annual 2019|Exporter Guide|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/31/2019

This report serves as a practical guide for U.S. exporters wishing to initiate or increase exports of U.S. consumer-oriented and edible fish products to Vietnam. It provides an overview of the market potential, practical tips, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, import and inspection procedures, and useful contacts.
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Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Ho Chi Minh City|Vietnam|7/30/2019

This report provides information regarding developments in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional (HRI) food service sector in Vietnam and provides a road map for exporters wishing to enter the food service market. Strong GDP growth, rising per capita income, rapid urbanization, increasing global economic integration, higher awareness of food safety, and growth in the tourism sector have all contributed to strong growth in the HRI food service sector, making Vietnam an attractive market for U.S. consumer-oriented food and agricultural products.

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FAIRS Export Certificate Report|FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|4/19/2019

This report provides an overview of the health and quarantine certificates needed for exporting food and agricultural products to Vietnam. Updates have been made to Section I.1 – Food, Section III.1 – Export Certificate for Meat and Meat Products and Section III.2 – Export Certificate for Seafood. No other changes have been made from the previous report. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Export Certificate Report|FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|4/19/2019

This report provides an overview of the health and quarantine certificates needed for exporting food and agricultural products to Vietnam. Updates have been made to Section I.1 – Food, Section III.1 – Export Certificate for Meat and Meat Products and Section III.2 – Export Certificate for Seafood. No other changes have been made from the previous report. Download (PDF)


Vietnam National Assembly passes the Animal Husbandry Law |Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Grain and Feed Poultry and Products Livestock and Products|Hanoi|Vietnam|2/25/2019

This report provides an unofficial translation of the Law on Animal Husbandry which was passed by the Vietnam National Assembly on November 19, 2018.  This Law provides a legal framework on livestock production, livestock breeds, animal feed, humanitarian treatment of livestock, processing and marketing of livestock products, and the state management of animal husbandry.  This Law shall enter into force from January 1, 2020 and shall replace the 2004 Ordinance on Livestock Breeds.

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MARD Renews HS Codes for Goods subject to Import Inspection|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Fishery Products Poultry and Products Grain and Feed Fresh Fruit Potatoes and Potato Products Planting Seeds Dairy and Products|Hanoi|Vietnam|2/14/2019

This report provides an unofficial translation of Circular 15/2018, dated October 29, 2018, of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on the promulgation of Harmonized System (HS) codes for import and export goods subject to its management.  Specifically, this Circular provides HS codes for all import and export goods subject to MARD’s specialized inspection procedure prior to customs clearance, aquatic animals and products thereof; plant and plant products, animal feed and feed ingredients, etc.

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Food Processing Ingredients 2018|Food Processing Ingredients|Hanoi|Vietnam|7/26/2018

Vietnam is the tenth largest agricultural and related product export market of the United States. In 2017, Vietnam imported US$13.9 billion of consumer-orientated products, an 11.2 per cent increase over 2016, mainly from China, India, and other ASEAN countries. In 2017, the United States’ market share for consumer oriented products was six per cent, with a total value of US$806.7 million. The food and beverage processing sector has experienced strong growth over past five years.
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MARD Revise List of Animal Products Subject to Quarantine Inspection|Dairy and Products Livestock and Products Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|7/11/2018

This report provides an unofficial translation of Appendix-22 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) Circular 24/2017/TT-BNNPTNT, dated November 15, 2017 promulgating the Harmonized Schedule (HS) Codes of Specified Import and Export Goods Subject to MARD management. Appendix-22 of MARD Circular 24/2017/TT-BNNPTNT details eight-digit HS codes for a List based on Vietnam’s current harmonized schedule covering all animals and animal products subject to quarantine.
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GVN Reformed Decree Guiding the Law on Food Safety|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Snack Foods Beverages Retail Foods Food Processing Ingredients Livestock and Products Poultry and Products Fishery Products Wine Fresh Fruit|Hanoi|Vietnam|4/13/2018
This report provides a summary and unofficial translation of Decree 15/2018/ND-CP, dated February 2, 2018 of the Government of Vietnam (GVN) regulating the implementation of a number of articles on the Food Safety Law. Most significantly, this Decree sets new simplified registration procedures for pre-packaged and processed foods as well as establishes a new import inspection regime to replace existing regulations.
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FAIRS Country Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/26/2018

This report provides an update of the food and agricultural laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam. Updated sections include: Section I-General Food Laws; Section III – Pesticide and Other Contaminants; Section V-Labeling requirements; Section VI.2-Importation of live aquatic animals for consumption; Section VII.1-Facility Registration; Section VII.2.4-Animal Feed; and Section VIII.5-Quality inspection of animal feed.
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FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/19/2018

This report provides an overview of the health and quarantine certificates needed for exporting food and agricultural products to Vietnam. Minor updates have been made to Section I.6 – Animal Feed; Section I.3 – Meat and meat products; Section I.4 – Aquatic animals and products thereof; Section I.5 – Plants and plant products; Section II.3 – Export/Health Certificate; Section III.2 – Export Certificate for Seafood and Section III.10-Health Certificate for Live Aquatic Animals.
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2017|Food Processing Ingredients|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/3/2018
The Vietnamese food and beverage processing sectors continue to expand, registering a strong growth over the past five years. Vietnam’s food manufacturing sector grew at nine per cent in 2016 while growth in the beverage sector was at 10.5 per cent. This expansion is driven by economic growth and macro-economic stability.
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Exporter Guide 2017|Exporter Guide|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/2/2018

This report serves as a practical guide for U.S. exporters wishing to initiate or increase exports of U.S. consumer-oriented agricultural products to Vietnam. It provides an overview of market potential, practical tips, consumer preferences and trends, food standards and regulations, import and inspection procedures, and useful contacts. The report also helps identify best prospects for high-value consumer-oriented goods and edible fishery products.
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December 2017|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/2/2018

The 2015 HRI report (VM5053 on August 14, 2015) is the latest document regarding developments in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional (HRI) food service sector in Vietnam and provides a road map for exporters wishing to enter the food service market. The Vietnam Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Food Service will be updated by September 30, 2018.
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Sector Report 2017|Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/2/2018

The 2016 Retail Foods report (VM6081 on March 3, 2017) is the latest document regarding developments in the Retail Foods Sector in Vietnam. The Vietnam Retail Foods Report will be updated by June 1, 2018.
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2017|Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/29/2017

In 2016, estimates for Vietnam’s growing area of bio-tech crops (corn) was at 35,000 ha, accounting for approximately three per cent of the total cultivated corn area. Post notes its concern that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) procedures on reviewing and approval of genetically engineered (GE) events for food/feed use; and biotech hybrid corn varieties slowed down significantly over the last year with no new approvals granted for submissions registering GE events for food/feed use.
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Can Tho – The Key Driver and Powerhouse of the Mekong Delta Region|Market Development Reports|Ho Chi Minh City|Vietnam|9/8/2017
In an effort to identify growth centers other than Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City as opportunities for U.S. consumer-oriented products, FAS Ho Chi Minh City is conducting market assessment trips to burgeoning new commerce centers across Vietnam. This report provides an overview of Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta Region. The city presents first-class business opportunities for U.S. exporters of consumer-oriented products because it is the growth engine of the Mekong Delta Region.
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GVN revised Decree on Goods Labeling|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Snack Foods Beverages Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|6/20/2017
This report provides a summary and unofficial translation of Decree 43/2017/ND-CP, dated April 14, 2017 of the Government of Vietnam (GVN) on goods labeling, including all categories of food, beverages, and agricultural inputs circulated in Vietnam, both domestically produced and imported. This Decree replaced Decree 89/2009 on goods labeling and took effect from June 1, 2017.
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2017|Exporter Guide|Hanoi|Vietnam|3/22/2017
The 2015 Exporter Guide (VM5017 on March 27, 2015) is the latest document outlining Vietnam’s policies and regulations that may affect U.S. companies interested in exporting to Vietnam. The Vietnam Exporter Guide will be updated by the first quarter of 2018.
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Sector Report 2016|Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|3/10/2017
Vietnam’s food retail sector is dominated by small traditional traders, but modern retail channels are expanding in response to growing consumer demand. Overall economic growth, including a sizable young population, rapid urbanization and concerns about hygiene and food safety are driving changes in consumption patterns.
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FAIRS Country Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/18/2017
This report provides an update of the food laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam.  The sections updated include: Section V-Labeling requirements; Section VI.2-Importation of live aquatic animals for consumption; Section VIII.1- Food safety inspection regulated by the Ministry of Health (MOH); and Section VIII.3.2-Quarantine and food safety inspection of goods of animal origin.
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FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/23/2016

This report provides an overview of the health and quarantine certificates needed for exporting food and agricultural products to Vietnam. Minor updates have been made to Section I.2 for animal and animal products, Section I.3 for meat and meat products, Section I.4 for aquatic animals and products thereof, and Section I.5 for irradiated plant products. No other changes have been made from the previous report.
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GVN Renews Regulations on Terrestrial Animals and Animal Products|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Livestock and Products Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|11/14/2016

The report provides a summary and unofficial translation of the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) Circular 25/2016/TT-BNNPTNT dated June 30, 2016, which stipulates regulations on the quarantine of terrestrial animals and terrestrial animal products in accordance with Clause 3, Article 37 of the Veterinary Law. The draft Circular was notified to the World Trade Organization (WTO) as SPS/VNM/80 on May 19, 2016 and formally took effect from August 15, 2016, superseding MARD’s other relevant legislative documents being listed on Article 25 of this notice.

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Changes to Special Consumption Tax on Alcoholic Beverages|Wine Beverages|Hanoi|Vietnam|9/30/2016

On July 1, 2016, the Vietnamese Government (GVN) promulgated Decree 100/2016/ND-CP, regulating detailed provisions and guidelines for the implementation of a number of articles under the Law 106/2016/QH13. Law 106 was issued on April 19, 2016, in order to amend and supplement the Law on Value Added Tax, the Law on Special Consumption Tax (SCT), and the Law on Tax Administration. Decree 100 reinforces the SCT calculation method and provides further guidance on its relationship with businesses as regulated by Decree 108/2015/ND-CP (issued on October 25, 2015). These amendments and additions to Decree 108 took effect from July 1, 2016. Download (PDF)


GVN Renews Regulations on Aquatic Animals and Products|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Fishery Products Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|9/16/2016

This report provides a summary and an unofficial translation of Circular 26/2016/TT-BNNPTNT dated June 30, 2016, of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) which stipulates on the quarantine of aquatic animals and aquatic animal products. This Circular renews regulations for the quarantine of aquatic animals and aquatic animal products in accordance with the Animal Health Law which came into force on July 1, 2016. This Circular replaces Circular 06/2010/TT-BNNPTNT (issued in 2010) and other relevant regulations and took effect from August 15, 2016. Download (PDF)


New Law on Special Consumption Tax Adversely Affects Alcohol Imports|Hanoi|Vietnam|5/20/2016

On April 6, 2016, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed Law 106/2016/QH13 (Law 106) on amending and adding a number of articles to Law on Value Added Tax, the Law on Special Consumption Tax (SCT), and the Law on Tax Management. The Law will adversely affect imports of alcoholic beverages by changing the tax basis for how the special consumption tax is collected. Download (PDF)


GVN stipulates Fortification of Micronutrients in Food. Vietnam|2/10/2016

This report provides a summary and an unofficial translation of Decree 9/2016/ND-CP dated January 28, 2016 of the Government of Vietnam (GVN) stipulating the fortification of micronutrients in food. This Decree entered into force on March 15, 2016. Download (PDF)


MARD Releases List of Animal Products Subject to Quarantine |Dairy and Products Livestock and Products Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|2/9/2016

This report provides an unofficial translation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MARD) Decision 4758/QD-BNN-TY dated November 18, 2015, promulgating the Harmonized Schedule (HS) Codes of the List of Animals and Animal Products subject to quarantine during Customs Clearance and Importation. The decision 4758 provides a detailed 8-digit HS Code List, based on Vietnam’s current harmonized schedule covering all animals and animal products subject to quarantine. Download (PDF)


MOH revises Regulation on Food Safety Inspection for Import Foods

On December 21, 2015, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued Circular 52/2015/TT-BYT stipulating state inspection of food safety with respect to imported and exported food products under the management scope of MOH. This Circular is MOH’s new regulation to revise the methods of food safety inspection in order to comply with Vietnam’s Food Safety Law. This Circular replaced MOH’s decision 23/2007/QD-BYT and took effect on February 23, 2016. Download (PDF)


Sector 2015|Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/7/2016

For the most up-to-date Vietnam Retail Foods Sector report, please view report VM3062, dated November 12, 2013. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Export Certificate Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Hanoi|Vietnam|11/17/2015

This report provides an overview of the health and quarantine certificates needed for exporting food and agricultural products to Vietnam. It should be noted that the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) is preparing a draft circular on the state inspection regulation of imported food under MOH management which may change some aspects of the documentation requirements for food under MOH management. This draft was notified to the World Trade Organization as G/SPS/N/VNM/69 on July 2, 2015. Download (PDF)


FAIRS Country Report|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|11/4/2015

This report provides an overview of the food laws and regulations currently in force in Vietnam. All sections are updated as Vietnam has issued the Law on Food Safety in 2010 and is in the process of modernizing the regulation system for food safety. Download (PDF)


MOF Revises Regulations on Customs Procedures|FAIRS Subject Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|10/16/2015

This report outlines some specific points of the Circular 38/2015/TT-BTC issued by the Ministry of Finance on March 25, 2015 promulgating customs procedures, customs supervision and inspection, export tax, import tax, and tax administration applied to exported and imported goods. Specific emphasis is given in this report to customs procedures of imported food and agricultural products which are subject to quarantine and food safety inspection at border checkpoints. The Circular entered into fo… Download (PDF)


Vietnam National Assembly Passes Animal Health Law|FAIRS Subject Report Livestock and Products Poultry and Products Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Hanoi|Vietnam|10/13/2015

This report provides an un-official translation of Vietnam’s Law on Animal Health approved by the National Assembly on June 19, 2015. The Law supersedes the Veterinary Ordinance 18/2004/PL-UBTVQH10, and will be effective from July 1, 2016. It covers a wide range of animal health related areas including prevention, control, and surveillance of animal diseases, management of animal slaughtering and processing, import quarantine inspection of animal and animal products, and the management of vete… Download (PDF)


August 2015|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Hanoi|Vietnam|8/17/2015

This report provides information regarding developments in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional (HRI) food service sector in Vietnam and provides a road map for exporters wishing to enter the food service market. Vietnam’s economy has shown signs of recovery as GDP reached $186.2 billion (US current price) in 2014, up 6% over 2013. Rising disposable incomes, urbanization, government policies encouraging market liberalization, changing consumer preferences, and growth in the tourism sector have all contributed to strong growth in the HRI food service sector making Vietnam an attractive market for U.S. consumer oriented food and agricultural products. Download (PDF)


Vietnam Removes Value Added Tax on Animal Feed Inputs and Products|Trade Policy Monitoring Grain and Feed Oilseeds and Products|Hanoi|Vietnam|6/8/2015

This report provides a brief on the Vietnamese Government’s elimination of the Value Added Tax (VAT) for animal feed products. On November 26, 2014, the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) approved Law 71/2014/QH13, which eliminates the VAT for fertilizer, offshore fishing boats, and animal feed products. Law 71 applies to both imported and domestically produced animal feed products. Although policy makers thought that removing the VAT would help reduce the cost of animal feed, some animal fe… Download (PDF)


Food and Hotel Vietnam 2015|Trade Show Evaluation|Ho Chi Minh City|Vietnam|5/20/2015

Vietnam’s premier food and hospitality trade event, Food & Hotel Vietnam (FHV) took place April 21-23, 2015, in Ho Chi Minh City. With 2015 marking the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, FAS Administrator Phil Karsting traveled to Vietnam to launch the “USA Pavilion” and engage with exhibitors, visitors, and media at the Show. FAS also carried out special activities including a gala reception, and incorporated enhancements to the FAS-sponsored Pavilion — which highlighted 20 years of promoting U.S. agricultural exports to Vietnam. The extra fanfare attracted crowds and major media coverage, while generating record on-site sales for the 31 U.S. exhibitors. Download (PDF)


Vietnam issued New Guidance on Food Safety Inspection of Imported Go|FAIRS Subject Report Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Hanoi|Vietnam|4/15/2015

The report provides an un-official translation of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD)’s Circular 12/2015/TT-BNNPTNT, dated March 16, 2015, on the “Guidance on the Food Safety Inspection for Imported Goods of Plant Origin”. This Circular will replace Circular 13/2011/TT-BNNPTNT dated March 16, 2011 and Circular 05/2013/TT-BNNPTNT dated January 21, 2013, and Correspondence 03/VBHN-BNNPTNT dated December 19, 2013. The Circular will enter into force on May 5, 2015. Download (PDF)


2015|Exporter Guide|Hanoi|Vietnam|3/31/2015

This report serves as a practical guide for U.S. exporters wishing to initiate or increase exports of U.S. consumer-oriented agricultural products (fresh or processed animal & plant products; beverages; other snack foods) to Vietnam. It provides key updates on Vietnam’s policies and regulations that may affect exporters’ choices about how to approach this dynamic market. Download (PDF)


MOIT releases list of import and exports subject to MOIT regulation|FAIRS Subject Report Wine Beverages Dairy and Products|Hanoi|Vietnam|2/2/2015

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) published Decision 11039/QD-BCT on December 3, 2014, promulgating the list of import and export goods subject to quality, technical, and food safety regulation of MOIT before customs clearance. Decision 11039 includes a detailed list of the food and agricultural products subject to MOIT food safety jurisdiction as ordered in Vietnam’s Decree 38/2012. This decision entered into force on December 3, 2014. Download (PDF)


2015 Annual Report|Food Processing Ingredients|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/27/2015

The Vietnamese food processing sector continues to expand supported by rebounding economic growth and macroeconomic stability, Vietnam’s deepening international economic integration, and a rapidly urbanizing, youthful population which are shifting their diets to include more processed and package food products Download (PDF)


Labelling Guidelines Revised for Pre-Packaged Food and Additives |Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Snack Foods Beverages Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/20/2015

The report provides a summary and un-official translation of Inter-Ministerial Circular 34/2014/TTLT-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT issued by the Vietnam Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Ministry of Industry and Trade on October 27, 2014 promulgating Detailed Guidelines on Labelling of Pre-packed Food, Food Additives, and Food Processing Aids. The Circular entered into force on December 19, 2014. Download (PDF)


Sector 2014|Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/26/2014

For the most up-to-date Vietnam Food Service – Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Report please view report VM 2066, dated December 14, 2012. Download (PDF)


GOV promulgates provisions of some articles of the Plant Health Law |Fresh Fruit Pest/Disease Occurrences Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Planting Seeds|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/22/2014

On December 4, 2014, the Vietnamese Office of the Government released Decree 116/2014/ND-CP promulgating detailed provisions of some articles of the Law on Plant Protection and Quarantine. Decree 116/2014 replaces the Plant Protection Charter and the Charter on management of pesticides promulgated in conjunction with Decree 58/2002/ND-CP and Decree 2/2007/ND-CP on plant quarantine. Decree 116/2014 will enter into force on January 18, 2015. Download (PDF)


FAS and NOAA Expand Seafood Access Resulting in Record Exports|Export Accomplishments – Other Fishery Products|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/12/2014

Following a sustained effort by the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Hanoi and the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which resulted in an additional 103 U.S. seafood processors being listed as eligible to export seafood products to Vietnam, U.S. seafood exports have grown 150 percent in 2014 year-to-date to almost $90 million. Download (PDF)


MARD Reissues Quarantine and Pest Risk Analysis Regs|Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety Fresh Fruit Dried Fruit Tree Nuts|Hanoi|Vietnam|11/6/2014

On September 5, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) released Circular 30/2014/TT-BNNPTNT publishing the lists of regulated articles for plant quarantine and articles subject to pest risk analysis before importation into Vietnam. This new Circular replaces MARD’s Circular 30/2012/TT-BNNPTNT and the Circular 40/2012/TT-BNNPTNT. This new Circular will enter into force on January 1, 2015. Download (PDF)


MARD Releases new guidance on Pest Risk Analysis Procedure |Fresh Fruit Vegetables Pest/Disease Occurrences Planting Seeds Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/12/2014

On October 31, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) released Circular 36/2014/TT-BNNPTNT publishing the Regulation on Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) Procedures for regulated articles subject to Pest Risk Analysis before being imported into Vietnam. This Circular will enter into force on January 1, 2015. Download (PDF)


MARD’s Revises the List of Plant Quarantine Pests in Vietnam|Fresh Fruit Pest/Disease Occurrences Vegetables Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/10/2014

On October 31, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) released Circular 35/2014/TT-BNNPTNT publishing the list of plant quarantine pests of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Circular 35/2014 replaces MARD’s Decision 73/2005/QD-BNN dated November 14, 2005. Circular 35/2014 will enter into force on January 1, 2015. Download (PDF)


2014 Biotech Annual |Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies|Hanoi|Vietnam|9/5/2014

All of the necessary regulations required for commercializing agricultural biotechnology in Vietnam were completed by the first quarter of 2014. Specific traits are still being reviewed and evaluated by both the Biosafety Committee and the Feed and Food Safety Committee. The review of applications for Feed and Food Use Certification is reported to be almost complete for the first tranche of traits and Certifications could be issued as early as August 2014. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rura… Download (PDF)


GVN Circular Defines Food Safety Responsibilities Among 3 Ministries|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|6/5/2014

This report provides an unofficial translation of the Inter-Ministerial Circular 13/2014/TTLB-BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT, dated April 9, 2014 regarding guidelines for assignments and coordination of state management of food safety. This Circular provides more detail on the product responsibilities of the three key ministries charged with ensuring food safety in Vietnam as stipulated in the Vietnam Food Safety Law and Decree 38/2012/ND-CP. Download (PDF)


Releases Circular for Fines for Food Safety Violations|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative|Hanoi|Vietnam|6/4/2014

On November 14, 2013, the Government of Vietnam issued Decree 178/2013/ND-CP to promulgate the Regulation on Administrative Penalties on Violations of Food Safety. The Decree outlines the monetary fine structure for violations of Vietnamese food safety regulations. The Decree entered into force on December 31, 2013. This report provides an un-official translation of the Decree. Download (PDF)


MinHealth Publishes Declaration of Conformity Process for Food|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification|Hanoi|Vietnam|3/21/2014

This report provides an un-official translation of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Circular 19/2012/TT-BYT, issued on November 9, 2012, providing Guidance on the Declaration of Conformity to Technical and Food Safety Regulations. This is one of MOH’s legal circulars implementing the Vietnam Government’s Decree 38/2012/ND-CP implementing the Vietnam Food Safety Law (see VM3032). Download (PDF)


Vietnam Imposes New Fines for Plant Health and Trade Violations|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Narrative Fresh Fruit Dried Fruit Potatoes and Potato Products Snack Foods Planting Seeds|Hanoi|Vietnam|2/7/2014

On October 3, 2013, the Vietnamese Government (GVN) released Decree 114/2013/ND-CP outlining a fine structure for violations of Vietnam’s plant protection, plant quarantine, and plant breeding rights regulations. Decree 114 outlines sanctions, fines, and remedial measures for administrative and practical violations of Vietnam’s plant health and seed breeding regulations and applies to the trade of local products and imported plant and plant-origin products, alike. Download (PDF)


New enforcement of plant quarantine regulations causes uncertainty|Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification Fresh Fruit Dried Fruit Potatoes and Potato Products Snack Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/28/2014

On August 15, 2012, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) released Circular 40/2012/TT-BNNPTNT publishing the list of regulated articles subject to plant quarantine before entering Vietnam. The products outlined in Circular 40 must be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate and undergo a plant quarantine inspection before being granted customs clearance. This Circular entered into force on September 29, 2012, however, it was not regularly enforced until recently. Download (PDF)


MOIT Food Safety Law Implementing Circular Released|FAIRS Subject Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/15/2014

This report provides an un-official translation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)’s Circular 28/2013/TT-BCT, dated November 6, 2013, on the “Regulation on State Inspection of Food Safety for Imported Food Products under MOIT’s management.” Under the present Food Safety Law, MOIT is responsible for the food safety of some imported processed food products, such as alcohol, beer, beverages, processed milk, and vegetable oil, among other products. Download (PDF)


December 2013|Food Service – Hotel Restaurant Institutional|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/7/2014

For the most up-to-date Vietnam Food Service – Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Report please view report VM 2066, dated December 14, 2012. Download (PDF)


Technical Regulation on Microbiological MRLs in Food|FAIRS Subject Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/19/2013

On March 1, 2012, the Ministry of Health published Circular 5/TT-BTY updating the maximum limits of microbiological contamination in certain food products. The Regulation entered into force on September 1, 2012. Download (PDF)


Technical Regulations on Mycotoxin and Heavy Metals MRLs in Foods |FAIRS Subject Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|12/13/2013

On January 13, 2011, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued Circular 2/2011/TT-BYT promulgating: 1) National Technical Regulation QCVN 8-1:2011/BYT regarding the maximum level of mycotoxin allowed in food; and 2) National Technical Regulation QCVN 8-2:2011/BYT regarding the maximum level of heavy metals allowed in food. The Circular entered into force on August 13, 2011, but was never notified to the WTO. Download (PDF)


Sector Report 2013|Retail Foods|Hanoi|Vietnam|11/19/2013

Vietnam’s food retail sector is dominated by small traditional trade, although modern retail channels are expanding in response to growing consumer demand. Overall economic growth, the increase in disposable income, and a sizeable young population, are driving changes in consumption patterns. Imports of consumer-oriented food and beverages from the United States reached $657 million in 2012, making Vietnam the 13th largest export market for the category. Download (PDF)


Food Safety Law and Guiding Decree Released|FAIRS Subject Report Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety|Hanoi|Vietnam|6/14/2013

This report provides an un-official translation of the Vietnam Food Safety Law (FSL) promulgated by Order No.06/2010/L-CTN, and ratified by the National Assembly on June 17, 2010. The FSL entered into force on July 1, 2011, and supersedes the Vietnam Food Ordinance approved in 2003 (VM 3014). The FSL is the umbrella guidance on food safety, dividing responsibility for testing and enforcement of food safety among the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Health (MOH) Download (PDF)


MOIT Issues Tighter Trans-shipment Regulation|FAIRS Subject Report Livestock and Products Poultry and Products Beverages Wine|Hanoi|Vietnam|6/10/2013

This report provides an un-official translation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MOIT) Circular 5/2013/TT-BCT (Circular 5), dated February 18, 2013, which imposes new requirements on the importation of goods bound for re-export, and temporarily suspends importation for re-export of animal offal and by-products. Circular 5 implements Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s Directive 23, issued on September 7, 2012. Download (PDF)


Vietnam Revises List of Additives Approved for Use in Food|FAIRS Subject Report|Hanoi|Vietnam|2/5/2013

On November 30, 2012, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued Circular No.27/2012/TT-BYT, regarding Guidance on the Management of Food Additives. Circular 27 promulgates a list of 400 food additives, coded by International Numbering System (INS) (Appendix 1), which are allowed for use in food, and proscribes the maximum limit for those additives in food products (Appendix 2). The Circular entered into force on February 1, 2013. Download (PDF)


2012|Exporter Guide|Hanoi|Vietnam|1/3/2013

The 2011 Vietnam Export Guide is the most up-to-date document outlining Vietnam’s policies and regulations that may affect exporters in the Vietnamese market. The Office of Agricultural Affairs-Hanoi will update the Vietnam Exporter Guide shortly before Food and Hotel Vietnam (April 24-26, 2013). Download (PDF)


2014 Biotech Annual |Biotechnology and Other New Production Technologies|Hanoi|Vietnam|9/5/2014

All of the necessary regulations required for commercializing agricultural biotechnology in Vietnam were completed by the first quarter of 2014. Specific traits are still being reviewed and evaluated by both the Biosafety Committee and the Feed and Food Safety Committee. The review of applications for Feed and Food Use Certification is reported to be almost complete for the first tranche of traits and Certifications could be issued as early as August 2014. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rura… Download (PDF)