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Import/Export

United States to Vietnam

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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

An importer is a company/ enterprise: the license for mass production of alcohol or the license for alcohol distribution. The written confirmation of the declaration of food safety with the total volume not exceeding 3 liters/alcohol label. The imported alcohol mentioned above shall not be sold on the market.

An importer is a person : Personal wine collections are not allowed

Ammunitions and explosives are prohibited.
ntique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older. This contract will be required by the government before antique shipments is exported.
Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

Shipments of calendars are subject to censorship. Bikini swimsuit calendars are prohibited.

The following are guidelines from the Ministry of Culture and Information for importing gift shipments of calendars published in foreign countries or territories:

  • The Cultural Division must inspect calendars for content.
  • Import of foreign calendars for commercial purposes is prohibited.

    Acceptable quantities are as follows:

  • Maximum of 400 for foreign office, economic organization, and foreign representation offices
  • Maximum of 200 for Vietnamese offices and economic / social organizations
  • Maximum of 50 for foreign individuals, overseas Vietnamese, and Vietnamese citizens studying and working abroad
  • Vietnamese overseas relatives cannot send more than 50 calendars per address via the post office.

    Permission and a license from the Ministry of Culture are required to exceed the allowable limit.

  • Used telephones are prohibited and are not allowed to be imported.

    Shipment of cellular telephone is subject to quality inspection, for both B2B and B2C regardless of quantity.

    Shipments of used clothing are prohibited. .
    Includes the following (this is not all inclusive and only a guideline): Military Aircraft parts, Military Motor vehicles, Tanks, night vision goggles', weapons, firearms, Artillery, Ammunition, Missiles, Explosives, military training equipment and protective personnel equipment, military electronics, space systems, Nuclear Weapons, Submersible vessels.
    • The export or import of defense articles which fall under the US State Department (DDTC) or ITAR control require special care to ensure shipments are presented to US Customs at the time of exportation or importation.
    • Failure to do so may result in penalties, seizure of the shipment.
    • Shippers who fail to provide the proper documentation and export details will have shipments returned to the shipper immediately.

    UPS has compliance responsibilities under Export Administrator Regulations (EAR) and must know their customers and be aware of suspicious circumstances that may be present in an export transaction.

    State Department Controlled shipments are those shipments which require either a State Department License (SDL) or SDL Exemption, also referred to as ITAR shipments.)

    UPS (small package) State Department License (SDL) or State Department License Exemption (SDL Exemption) controlled shipments are prohibited to and from this country or territory.

    Please note that UPS Freight Forwarding can address the customer's delivery needs by transporting these restricted shipments via alternate routes that bypass China.

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

    Consignee must obtain the import license from VINATABA and Ministry of industry and Trade before arrival.

    An Import License is required form Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
    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.

    Negotiable bonds and drafts are prohibited.
    Consignee must provide the original personal declaration form ( they can get it at at the Airport ), one copy passport, entry stamp pages and flight ticket

    Note: arrival date is within 30 days of their shipment arrival

    The content of the card must be checked at the Department of Culture and Sports, depending on the contents of the card, which the department decides whether to be allowed to import or not.
    Poisons are prohibited.
    Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
    Importation of seeds requires an original Agricultural Certificate/Phytosanitary Certificate. This is a requirement by Vietnam Agriculture Control Department => The importer must have a license to import seeds from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and each shipment must have a phytosaniary certificate to carry out plant checking procedures.
    Shipments of used audio/video computer products are prohibited.
    Company / Individual must provide the import license from VINATABA and Ministry of industry and Trade and each shipment must have a phytosaniary certificate to carry out plant checking procedures.
    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 or territory of origin.
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