Business Registration / Investment License
All business entities are required to register with the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance to engage in import or export related trade in Vietnam. The entities must have a valid Business Registration Certificate to begin trading. Foreign-invested enterprises receive an Investment License.
Export-Import Code Registration
A trader must register with the customs office responsible for the city or province where the trader does business. Upon submission of a notarized copy of the Business Registration Certificate / Investment License, a Code Registration Declaration Form, and other documents as needed, the trader is registered by customs within three days and receives an Export-Import Code Registration Certificate useable for all subsequent import/export transactions. The code number of the certificate is used on all customs declarations.
Note: Please note that this information is subject to change. Importers and exporters are advised to obtain the most current information from a customs broker or freight forwarder or from the local customs authorities, listed at the top of the Contacts page.
Article written for World Trade Press by Jennifer Goheen and Nina Bellucci.
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