Some notes on labeling of goods when importing

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When importing products into the territory of Vietnam, the products label must show the information of the importer in accordance with the provisions of Vietnamese law, specifically as follow:

Pursuant to clause 3 Article 12 Decree No. 43/2017/ND-CP:

Article 12. Name and address of entity responsible for the product

  1. For products imported for circulation in Vietnam, their labels must show the name and address of the manufacturer and the name and address of the importer.

In case of goods being medical equipment imported for circulation in Vietnam, their labels must show the name and address of the manufacturer together with its origin and the name and address of the owner of a registration number.

Pursuant to clause 2 Article 6 Circular No. 05/2019/TT-BKHCN:

Article 6. Name and address of entity responsible for the product

  1. As for imported products, both the name and address of the manufacturer and those of the importer shall be written on the label.

In case products of the same brand are manufactured by several factories, the label of that product shall have the name and address of the entity owning such brand or the name and address of the entity is responsible for such products in Vietnam if permitted by the brand owner, provided that the manufacturing factory thereof is traceable when necessary and/or when requested by competent authorities and the origin of the product must be clearly written on the label.

Therefore, the importer’s information is the mandatory information to be shown on a product label. This information must be ensured to be correct, the product with labels that not specifying the importer information will be fined according to the provisions of point a clause 1, clause 2 Article 31 Decree No. 119/2017/ND-CP, with a fine of up to 30,000,000 VND.

Penalties for importing goods whose labels contain incorrect importer’s information as prescribed by Vietnam law on goods labels with respect to imports (except for counterfeit goods and goods with falsely declared Vietnamese origins) are as prescribed at Clause 2 Article 22 Decree No. 128/2020/ND-CP, with a fine of up to 30,000,000 VND, and may be subject to remedial measures such as: Remove from the territory of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam or re-export the exhibits of violations; Pay an amount equal to the value of the exhibits that have been sold, concealed and disguised or destroyed against the law.

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