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Restricted and Prohibited

All countries restrict or prohibit the import and export of certain articles based upon:

  • Concerns for health, safety, and public morality (e.g., foodstuffs, agricultural products, live animals, biologic materials, pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, chemicals, hazardous products, and materials deemed indecent).
  • Protection of the physical and economic security of the state (e.g., arms, armaments, dual-use technology, radio and television transmitters and receivers, radioactive materials, seditious materials, and currency).
  • Economic protection or subsidization of domestic industry (e.g., non-tariff barriers to trade for imports and control of natural resources for exports).
  • Enforcement of provisions of multi-lateral trade agreements (e.g., those designed to protect endangered and threatened species of animals and plants and those designed to protect copyright, patent, and trademark holders against infringement).

Restricted

  • Textiles and garments under export quotas agreed with foreign countries as periodically announced by the Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Goods whose export is controlled under international treaties which Vietnam has entered into or acceded to, as announced periodically by the Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Certain textiles and garments, subject to export quotas
  • Rice, subject to export quota

Prohibited

  • Weapons, ammunition, explosive materials and military technical equipment and facilities
  • Antiques
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Timber, planks from domestic natural forests; firewood, charcoal made from wood or firewood of domestic natural forest origin
  • Various kinds of wild animals, and natural rare precious fauna and flora
  • Various types of special encryption devices and encryption software used for protecting state secrets

 


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.


Primary researchers: Jennifer Goheen and Nina Bellucci
World Trade Press