The Ministry of Industry and Trade issued the Circular No. 35/2014/TT-BCT dated October 15, 2014 prescribing the application of the automatic import licensing regime to a number of fertilizer products, including urea, whether or not in aqueous solution; mineral or chemical fertilizers containing the three fertilizing elements, namely nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Automatic import licenses are valid for 30 (thirty) days from the date of certification by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Automatic import licenses shall be granted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to traders in the form of certification of import registration applications for each shipment. A dossier of registration for automatic import licensing must comprise a  Automatic import registration application; Enterprise registration certificate or businessregistration certificate or investment certificate containing the fertilizer business line; Import contract or equivalent documents; Commercial invoice; Letter of credit (L/C) or payment document and  Bill of lading or another transport document of the import shipment. When performing import procedures, traders shall submit to customs offices their granted automatic import licenses together with the import dossier sets made under current regulations and shall fully comply with regulations on imports subject to line management. Particularly, these fertilizer products may only be imported through international and main border gates. In special cases, the import of fertilizers through auxiliary border gates or border crossings must have a written approval of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

This Circular takes effect on December 01, 2014.


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