In order to be able to conduct export business in Vietnam, a foreign investor must register with the Department of Planning and Investment (DPI). Additionally, foreign investors who wish to engage in export activities in Vietnam are required to obtain an Investment Certificate. Companies that wish to expand their current business operations in order to engage in export activities must follow the procedures for adjusting their Investment Certificates. Certain goods require the trading company to obtain export permits from the government.
Companies that export goods must submit a dossier of documents to the customs authorities. The dossier must include at least the company’s business registration certificate and export business code registration certificate. Additional documents that may be requested by authorities depending on the exports in question include Bill of lading; Certificate of origin; Commercial invoice; Customs export declaration form; Packing list; and Technical standard/health certificate.