Procedures for importing fresh fruits and vegetables

Recently, imported fruits have become more and more popular in the Vietnamese market, such as apples, grapes, pears, cherries, pomegranates, persimmons, etc. Vietnamese people especially prefer clean, native fruits. from countries with high standards such as the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc. So what is the complicated procedure for importing fruit and fruit? Let's find out with Peace Logistics through the article below.

The fruit import procedure includes the following main steps:

- Check import list

- Apply for a quarantine permit

- Register for quarantine samples

- Take quarantine samples

- Customs clearance for import

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1. Check the import list

Perhaps the first thing you need to do soon, is to find out and check the fruit you want to import from a certain country, are they allowed to enter Vietnam.

Fresh fruit products are not banned or restricted from being imported (according to Decree 187/2013).

However, according to the provisions of Circular 30/2014/TT-BNNPTNT, fresh fruits are subject to quarantine. Plants must be analyzed for pest risk before being imported into Vietnam. Therefore, it is very likely that the fruit you intend to import from a country has not been allowed to quarantine due to the risk of pests.

To know this, it is best to contact the Plant Protection Department - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and ask for official information before deciding whether to import or not.

If the goods are subject to quarantine (not prohibited), then you continue to…

2. Apply for a quarantine permit 

This is the job of submitting documents to the Plant Protection Department - Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for them to check, approve, and allow the goods to be quarantined when they arrive in Vietnam. Applications can be submitted in person or sent by post.

You can refer to Decision 48/2007/QD-BNN  (or alternative document) on procedures for granting phytosanitary permits for import for objects subject to pest risk analysis before being imported into Vietnam.

Location to apply for a permit:  Plant Protection Department, at No. 149 Ho Dac Di, Dong Da District, Hanoi.

Dossier to apply for a license requires:

An application form for an import phytosanitary license (according to the form)

Commercial contract: photocopy

Business registration certificate: photocopy.

3. Register for quarantine samples.

When the goods arrive at the airport or seaport border gate, you carry out the registration procedures for plant quarantine and food safety (at the same time) with the regional Plant Quarantine Sub-Department. Currently, the application has been made through the national one-stop portal.

The inspection dossier includes:

  • Registration form (according to form).
  • Quarantine license (in Step 2)
  • The original phytosanitary certificate of the exporting country (Phytosanitary Certificate)
  • Sales Contract, Commercial Invoice, Packing Note, Bill of Lading, etc.

Registration locations at some quarantine branches in Vietnam's seaports and international airports:

  • Region 1: No. 2 Tran Quang Khai, Hai Phong City
  • Region 2: 28 Mac Dinh Chi, Dakao Ward, District 1, City. Hcm
  • Region 3: 146 Hoang Dieu, Da Nang city Area 5: 149 Dac Di Lake, Dong Da, Hanoi City

4. Quarantine sampling.

When registration is complete, and after the goods arrive at the airport or seaport, the importer (or service company) coordinates with the quarantine officer to go to the warehouse to collect the goods to take samples.

Usually the quarantine officer will take 2 samples, put them in sealed bags and bring them to the branch for testing. After about 1 day, the test results will be available.

5. Import customs clearance.

After registering for quarantine in Step 3, you can transmit the declaration, and submit the customs documents. When the results in Step 4 are available, you add them to the file for the customs officer to check the documents one by one.

If the declaration is red, then after the application step, the goods will have to be physically inspected at the warehouse or port. You can also include this step when the sample is quarantined (Step 4) to save time and cost.

After the inspection is completed, the goods are adjusted, the declaration will be cleared.

Above is the procedure for importing fresh fruits and vegetables. If you still have difficulty importing and want to find out more details, please contact Peace or contact phone number:  0911.529.168 (Ms.Lisa)

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