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: The above information is subject to change. Importers are advised to obtain the most current information from a customs broker, freight forwarder, or the local customs authorities.
Article written for World Trade Press by Taylor Holloran, Jennifer Goheen, and Nina Bellucci.
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