By Business Team Last updated on August 26, 2019

On July 15th, 2014, the Ministry of Science and Technology has issued a new Circular that regulates the importation of used machinery, equipment and production line. There are some important notes for Japanese companies who currently investing in and going to invest in Vietnam as following:

  1. Used machinery and equipment shall be eligible for the import if they satisfy the following requirements:

a) The using time does not exceed 05 years;

b) The remaining quality gains 80% in comparison with original quality or more.

  1. Requirements for several special imports:

a) Used machinery and equipment can be imported if the using time does not exceed more than 03 years and the remaining quality achieves 80% or more in comparison with the original quality, including:

– Machinery and equipment used for agricultural production.

– Machinery and equipment used in beer, wine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage sector.

– Machinery and equipment for postal services: mails and parcels sorting equipment; envelope folding and inserting machines; envelope production machine; conveyor equipment.

b) Used machinery and equipment below can be imported if the using time does not exceed 07 years and the remaining quality gain 80% or more compared with the original quality, including:

– Machinery and equipment in the field of geology and mineral.

– Machinery and equipment for ship building and repair.

– Machinery and equipment for the construction of petroleum and gas complex.

– Machinery and equipment for the construction of traffic infrastructure.

– Machinery and equipment for the printing industry: film and zinc recorder, print formatter, paper die cutting machine, thread or steel bar binding machine, book folding machine and coil inserter.

c) Used machinery and equipment are allowed to be imported if the using time does not exceed more than 10 years and the remaining quality compared with the original quality is 80% or more, including:

– Engines installed in machines used for offshore fishing boats.

– Combined saddle stitching line used in the printing industry.

d) Used machinery and equipment are allowed to be imported if the using time does not exceed 15 years and the remaining quality achieves 80% or more in comparison with the original quality, including: offset printing machine, gravure printing machine, flexo printing machine in the printing industry.

So far, many Japanese companies have brought their old machinery and equipments which are in good quality to Vietnam for saving cost. However, since 1st September 2014, this will be strictly controlled by Vietnamese authority, especially customs authority. The machinery and equipment must be certified the quality and usage duration before being imported into Vietnam. Regarding to the details of assessment certificates, please see full “ Circular” No.20/2014/TT-BKHCN.