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VIETNAM: Import of 10-Year-Old Machinery Vetoed as of 15 June

The import of all used machinery with a provenance of 10 years or more is to be banned as of 15 June this year. Furthermore, the import of used machinery less than 10-years-old is only to be permitted when such equipment is to be used as part of a Vietnam-based manufacturing project and not in any instances where it is destined for re-export. In a further requirement, all such imports must still function at 85% of their original capacity and must consume no more than an additional 15% of the energy designated as part of their original specification.

In addition, all imported used machinery must comply with the quality, environmental and safety standards detailed in the country’s National Technical Regulation (QCVN) and Vietnamese National Standards (TCVN) (or with the national technical standards of the Republic of Korea or those of any of the member countries of the Group of Seven (G7)). At the time of import, the equipment in question must also be in use in at least three manufacturing facilities in a member country of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

As a final stipulation, any machinery or associated technology that has been designated substandard, obsolete or environmentally damaging in its country of origin is not to be imported. In line with this, the Ministry of Science and Technology will issue and maintain list of all such proscribed equipment, while the details any such items banned by other countries will also be released on an ad hoc basis.

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