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Wine shall be imported into Vietnam through only international border gates
Wine shall be imported into Vietnam through only international border gates. In addition to documents presented to customs agencies during import procedures, import traders must present additional documents such as Appointment or Authorization Document or Agent Contract to certify as distributors, importers of such manufacturers, enterprises. The above contents belong to the Decree No.94/2012/NĐ-CP on wine production business which was issued on November 12th 2012 by the Prime Minister of Vietnam.
This Decree makes provisions on wine and alcohol production business including: Investment, production, import-export, trading and other activities associated with wine and alcohol production and business. Wine and alcohol products (for producing wine) in this Decree are collectively referred to as wine.
According to the Law, except the provisions at Article 12 of this Decree, only wine products with legal brands shall be consumed in Vietnam. Such products must have their brands in proper line with regulations on brand. As for export wine, it's necessary to make brand name for goods in accordance with requirements of importers as long as those requirements do not mislead the nature of goods and do not violate Vietnam laws as well as importers ones.
Wine produced for sales at home and wine imported to consume in Vietnam must be stamped on their packages as stipulated by the Ministry of Finance (excluding producing wine by traditional manual methods for selling to the enterprises licensed to produce wine for further processing).
From January 1st 2014, wine products for domestic uses must be stamped. The Ministry of Finance makes provisions on printing, stamp issuance and management of stamps for both domestic wine products and imported ones. Stamps for domestic and imported wine products shall only be granted for individuals, organizations who attain registration certificate of wine production or business registration certificate of wine products distribution. Wine products for export, purchase or exhibition abroad must be stamped properly according to the law of the importing country.
Imported wine products may include finished bottle or can or barrel wine products for immediate uses and wine in the form of semi-finished and ancillary materials for making up finished wine in Vietnam. Imported wine must acquire legal documents according to current laws and acquire standards of imported wine stamping as provided in Article 15 of this Decree. Imported wine must have brand as provided in Article 14 of this Decree and other regulations of relevant laws.
Only enterprises occupying business registration certificate of wine products distribution are capable of importing wine directing and may take responsibilities for imported wine quality and safety. Those who import semi-finished wine products and ancillaries to make up finished wine products are only allowed to sell wine for enterprises attaining Certificate of wine production. Enterprises with Certificate of industrial wine production are allowed to directly import or assign imported semi-finished wine products and ancillaries to make up finished wine products.
Imported wine must be registered at the competent agency of Vietnam prior importing and must be granted "Notifications of result certification on goods eligibility for import" with each cargo as provided by the law.
This Decree takes into effect from January 1st 2013.