Food import process

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Along with the development of the economy, the imported food market is growing strongly. For businesses, the import of food must go through a strict process and procedures. Firmly grasping the provisions of the law related to food import will help businesses reduce risks caused by administrative procedures, promote the development of imported food business.

Business establishments wishing to import any type of food into the Vietnamese market need to follow a food import process consisting of 3 steps: Food announcement, Apply for food hygiene and safety license, Customs procedures for imported food. One is the law provisions on food import process

Pursuant to Clause 1, Article 14, Decree No. 38/2012 / ND-CP dated April 25, 2012 of the Government detailing the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Food Safety: “All types of food products, food ingredients, food additives, processing aids, tools, packaging materials and food containers, when imported into Vietnam, must be checked at competent state inspection agencies. Designated ministries … ”. Thus, for functional foods (TPCN) imported into Vietnam, food hygiene and safety inspection must be performed.

As for functional foods, Pursuant to Article 3 of the Circular No. 43/2014 / TT-BYT dated November 24, 2014 of the Ministry of Health stipulates:

“first. Imported and domestically produced functional foods that have technical regulations must be announced of conformity and registered for regulation conformity announcement at the Ministry of Health (Department of Food Safety) before being circulated on the market. school.

  1. Functional foods imported and domestically produced without technical regulations must be announced in compliance with food safety regulations and registered for a declaration of compliance with food safety regulations at the Ministry of Health (Department of Safety (whole food products) before being put on the market

The second is the food import process

Business establishments wishing to import any type of food into the Vietnamese market need to follow a three-step food import process:

Step 1: Declaration of food: Declaration of conformity or Declaration of compliance with food safety regulations

Step 2: Apply for a food hygiene and safety license

Step 3: Carry out the Customs procedures for imported food

As follows:

Step 1: The food announcement is done according to the following provisions:

Food Safety Law (ANTP) 2010

Decree No. 38/2012 / ND-CP detailing a number of articles of the Law on Food Safety

Circular No. 19/2012 / TT-BYT guiding the announcement of compliance with food safety regulations

Circular No. 43/2014 / TT-BYT dated November 24, 2014 of the Ministry of Health

Step 2: Apply for a food hygiene and safety license

According to Circular No. 28/2013 / TT-BTC The implementation of procedures for applying for a food import license must be done if it falls into the following cases:

The industrially processed food materials do not need to be re-refined to serve direct production or to repackage;

Substances used in food processing

Pre-packaged food for direct use;

Regulatory products (when safety or disease risk information is available or required in writing by the Ministry of Health);

Other products on the List must have standards announced by the Ministry of Health from time to time.

Foods that do not require import permits – Food import process

Food brought with people for personal consumption does not exceed the quantity and must pay import tax;

Food is a humanitarian gift, is a commodity in a diplomatic bag or consular bag as prescribed by law;

Food temporarily imported for re-export; transit, border-gate transfer; sending into bonded warehouses

Food being samples for testing or research, samples for participation in fairs;

Food exchange of border residents;

Food processed by Vietnamese enterprises for foreign goods owners only for export;

Raw materials must be refined and re-processed (vegetable oils, tobacco leaves and fibers, herbs used in food processing)

Fresh and preliminarily processed foods on the list of those subject to the quarantine or phytosanitary examination

Step 3: Carry out customs procedures for imported food Receiving agency:

The receiving customs office checks the customs clearance decision according to regulations Tax:

Import and export tax according to the current import and export tariff VAT according to the Law on GTG Tax Customs documents for imported goods include:

  1. Import goods declaration (form) Commercial invoice in case the buyer has to pay the seller (01 photocopy)
  2. Bill of lading or other equivalent transport documents (01 copy)
  3. Import permits for goods must have import permits; Import permit according to tariff quotas (01 original)
  4. Notice of exemption from inspection or inspection result notice of the specialized agency (if any) (01 original)
  5. Value declaration (Form)
  6. Contract of consignment of import of goods (01 copy) Proof of origin of goods (01 original)

 

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