Simplify Requirements in Importing Used Machinery – Vietnam Law Insight

Enhancing the government’s regulation on importation of used machinery, equipment and production line (“used Machinery”), new provisions have been provided as follows:

Manifest clearly groups of imported used Machinery to be governed by Circular 23 which are Chapter 84 and 85 of Vietnamese List of Goods imported and exported provided for in Circular 103/2015/TT-BTC, whereas the precedent Circular 20/2014/TT-BKHCN (“Circular 20”) did not;

Expand governing scope to used accessories, component and replacement parts of used Machinery falling into the above-mentioned groups;

Change requirements for used Machinery to be imported which are more simple;

Used Machinery listed in Dossier of Investment Project which is issued Decision on Investment Policy or Certificate of Investment Registration can be imported regardless of requirements set out in the Circular;

List of Goods banned from import is to be publicized on official website of Ministry of Science and Technology (“MST”), whereas such list is combination of lists provided for in specialized legal documents;

List of Qualified Examination Organizations is to be publicized on official website of MST and foreign organizations can be listed by providing certain information to the Ministry, such information is less severe than these stipulated in Circular 20;

Importers can take used Machinery before completing customs clearance procedures in order to put the goods in preservation, whereas in the past, importers could not;


Requirements and procedures for importing used Machinery is more transparent as such requirements, procedures are provided for in Circular 23 and publicized in website of MST. These helps enterprises import used Machinery easier albeit regulates more strictly import of used accessories, component and replacement parts.

For used Machinery listed in Dossier of Investment Project, they can be imported straightforwardly without further requirements. This provision make it more feasible especially for FDI enterprises since they all have to obtain Certificates of Investment Registration. By incorporating list of desire used Machinery into the Dossier, FDI enterprises can save more time.

Unlike Circular 20, foreign Qualified Examination Organizations nowadays have more chances to issue acceptable qualified test certificate if they are listed on website of MST. FDI enterprises can actively obtain a certificate at importing countries to save time in Vietnam.

Finally, used Machinery while waiting for a qualified test certificate can be put on preservation. Importers therefore could decrease expenses.

By Vietnam Law Insight

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