This is one of the significant contents under the Circular No. 23/2015/TT-BKHCN dated November 13, 2015 of the Ministry of Science and Technology on import of used machinery, equipment and technological lines and it takes effect on July 01, 2016.
A piece of used equipment may be imported if it satisfies the following criteria: its age does not exceed 10 years; It is manufactured in accordance with a National Technical Regulation (QCVN) or Vietnam’s Standard (TCVN) or Standards of G7 countries with regard to safety, energy saving, and environmental protection. Particularly, used parts and components may only be imported when the manufacturing enterprise needs to replace or repair its operating equipment. The manufacturing enterprise may import itself or authorize another enterprise to do so.
Where an enterprise has to import a piece of equipment whose age exceeds 10 years to sustain its manufacturing or business operation, the Ministry of Science and Technology shall cooperate with other ministries and agencies in considering the case based on the enterprise’s proposal and documents. With regard to used equipment that has been granted customs clearance, assembled, and put into operation, if safety, energy saving, environmental protection requirements are not complied with during the operation of the equipment, the enterprise shall incur penalties as prescribed by applicable law.