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Import/Export

Japan to Vietnam

Country Regulations Topics:

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Vietnam.

Brand name and percentage of alcohol content must be declared clearly on both invoice and bottle. Vietnamese individuals can import alcoholic beverages without import license if the shipment value is below 1,000,000 VND and the maximum volume is 1.5 liters with alcohol strength above 22 degrees or 2 liters with alcohol strength below 22 degrees. An import license is required for quantity exceeding the limit.

Foreigners, (for example, expatriates, long term visitors or tourists are not allowed to import alcoholic beverages regardless of value and quantity.

Import license is required if receiver is a company with below import duty and tax:

  • Import Tax: 50% - 55% (depends on the kind of wine)
  • Special Consumption Tax: 45%
  • Value Added Tax: 10%
Ammunitions and explosives.
Used shipments are prohibited and are not allowed to be imported.

Commercial shipments will require import license. This includes shipments with more than (1) cell phone.

Shipments of used clothing are prohibited.

Shipments of clothing (more than 2 pieces) and Textiles with length of over 25m are subjected to Formaldehyde testing. A testing fee will be incurred. Expect delay of between 3 to 5 days.

Documents related to National Security.
Any type of narcotics.
Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

An Import Licence is required.

Commercial shipment is under Government Control hence import license is required.

Shipment can be imported as personal gift if and only if consignee is able to prove that shipment is not for commercial purpose.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or an ISC approved shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc., UPS Customer Center and ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "ISC-Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food cannot be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Personal effects sending as unaccompanied baggage must have "Un-accompanied Personal Effects Declaration". Consignee can obtain this declaration at the inbound border gate. Declaration will be submitted to customs together with passport for clearance.

Importation of seeds requires an original Agricultural Certificate/Phytosanitary Certificate. This is a requirement by Vietnam Agriculture Control Department.
Shipments of used audio/video computer products are prohibited.
Vietnamese individuals can receive tobacco as gift (no import license required) if shipment value is not greater than 1,000,000 VND. This is not applicable to foreigners.

Foreigners, (for example, expatriates, long term visitors or tourists) are not allowed to import tobacco products regardless of value and quantity.

All used items are prohibited to import into Vietnam.
All forms of weapons are prohibited.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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