Process Setting-up Foreign Owned Import Export Business in Vietnam

If a foreign-invested company wishes to apply for export/import or distribution rights, it has to submit the below listed documentation to the competent authorities:

1. Export/Import rights:

The foreign investors who invest to exercise right to export, right to import must follow procedures for grant of investment certificates; the foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam which supplement the operational business activities for exercise of right to export, right to import must follow procedures for adjustment of investment certificates:

a. Dossier of verification for grant or adjustment of investment certificate as prescribed by law on investment;

b. A written explanation about the satisfaction of conditions in exercise of goods trading and directly related activities;

c. Documents proving the financial capability and experiences of investor in exercise of right to export and right to import;

d. Vouchers of tax agencies on performing the enterprise income tax liability within two consecutive years in the case the foreign-invested enterprises wish to supplement the exercise of right to export, right to import.

2. Trading activities/Distribution

The foreign investors with investment projects on exercise of goods trading and directly related activities in association with the setting up of enterprises must follow procedures for grant of investment certificates.

a. A dossier comprises:

i) Dossier of verification for grant of investment certificate as prescribed by law on investment;

ii) A written explanation about the satisfaction of conditions in exercise of goods trading and directly related activities according to the form MD-6 promulgated together with this Circular;

iii) Documents proving the financial capability and experiences of investor in exercise of business operation of goods trading and directly related activities.

b. After having acceptance opinion of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the competent state agencies shall grant investment certificate. The investment certificate shall concurrently be business license.  Although not stipulated in the law, before granting an investment certificate with these business lines, the authorities usually consider application on case by case basis, taking into account market stability, population density in the area where the company is located and the consistency of the investment project with the master plan of the said area.

For these business lines the competent authorities must obtain the approval of the Ministry of Industry and Trade before issuing the investment certificate.

3. License for setting up retail establishments

If a foreign-invested enterprise wishes to set up a retail establishment in addition to the first retail establishment, it must follow procedures for license for setting up retail establishment, a dossier comprises:

a. Dossier of verification for grant or adjustment of investment certificate as prescribed by law on investment;

b. Dossier of license for setting up retail establishments, comprising:

i) Application for license to set up retail establishment;

ii) A written explanation about the satisfaction of conditions of setting retail establishments as per the law;

iii) Document of provincial People’s Committee that approves the working result of the Council of checking the
economic demand to consider the conformity of setting up of a retail establishment in addition to the first retail establishment.

iv) Report on exercise of goods trading and directly related activities of licensed projects;

v)Vouchers, which are issued by tax agencies, about exercise of enterprise income tax liability in two adjacent years.

After having acceptance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the competent state agency shall grant the license for the setting up of retail establishments.

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Process Setting-up Foreign Onwed Import Export Business in Vietnam
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