Moving to Vietnam (Northern Region)

Moving to Vietnam (Northern Region)

Ports: Hanoi (air) and Haiphong (sea)

Prohibited: Narcotics, Firearms, Drugs, Explosives, Pornography, Subversive Material

Cont: None for shipping, but all container must be devanned in Hanoi prior to delivery because of very narrow roads.

Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco

Required Documents:  Inventory with exact number and size of bottles.

Customs Regulations: Only a ‘reasonable amount’ may be imported as part of personal effects shipment. Duty will be levied.

Clearance1 week

Remarks:

Diplomatic Removals

Required Documents:  Letter of authorization, and diplomats duty-free book

Customs Regulations: Duty-free entrance for foreign diplomats, provided diplomat does not exceed his/her allowance on liquor, electrical appliances, or vehicles.

Clearance1 week

RemarksBooks, pictures, tapes, and antiques will be subject to Ministry of Culture inspection. Customs frequently exercise their right to inspect shipment at the port of entry. Only limited liquor and one of each major electrical appliance may be imported duty-free. United Nations employees are subject to same restrictions. United Nations contracted personnel may be liable for duty on the entire shipment.

Firearms and Weapons

Required Documents:

Customs Regulations:

Clearance:

RemarksDo not attempt to import into Vietnam.

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Required Documents:  1) Company registration 2) Detailed valued packing list (with Company stamp) in England and Vietnamese 3) Customer’s Customs on Arrival form 4) Letter of authorization with Company stamp 5) Copy of passport

Customs Regulations: All shipments of personal effects (other than diplomatic or UN personnel) are subject to import duty. Amount of duty is based on Customs assessed value (this is ‘negotiable’). Customer is entitled to import personal effects up to US$1000.00 duty free. Books, pictures, tapes, compact discs and antiques are subject to a Ministry of Culture clearance prior to release.

Clearance:

Remarks:

New Furniture

Required Documents:

Customs Regulations:

Clearance:

RemarksSame as for Household Goods and Personal Effects.

Pets and Animals

Required Documents:  1) Owners passport 2) Valid Health Certificate with vaccination history (pet must have been vaccinated for rabies).

Customs Regulations:

Clearance: Provided documents are in order, clearance is completed on arrival.

Remarks: Do not forward pets as air cargo. Only import if pet can accompany customer on aircraft.

Vehicles

Required Documents:  1) Detailed packing list 2) Commercial Invoice 3) Chassis/engine number 4) Company Registration 5) Letter of authorization

Customs Regulations: Unless vehicle is for diplomatic or United Nations use, donation, or is part of official foreign investment with duty-free status, duty is to be paid. Duty is currently 200% on cars, less for trucks – depending on size. No second hand cars are allowed to be imported into Vietnam. Diplomats can apply for special permit to import used cars, but this takes time.

Clearance1 week

Remarks:

Please note:
The information on this page is intended as a guide and NOT as a complete or definitive resource.
The information on this page should not be used as an authoritative reference.