VCN – Vietnam Trade Office in Australia recommends that businesses need to check following steps to ensure compliance with Australian rules and regulations for imports to Australia.

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Telephones, mobile phones and parts thereof are the largest exports to Australia. Photo: the internet

The Australian Government issued regulations that businesses must comply for importing goods into Australia, such as regulation on imports of agricultural products and foodstuffs. Hence, businesses must ensure compliance rules and regulations.

Normally, businesses and individuals import into Australia without an import license. However, for some certain items, you must ask for permission. For some goods are banned or restricted from imports, such as dangerous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, drugs, some kinds of certain foods, weapons, cigarettes and some kinds of biological material.

In addition, businesses must understand the rules of origin to take advantage of incentives (if any) for imports.

Then, the business must check whether the goods are quarantined or not. If imported goods are plants, animals, minerals and products for human, they must be put on quarantined and treated on insects or other biological factors.

The fee and tax are also noticeable matter. Accordingly, Customs collects fees for normal goods treatment less than $AU 200, and Goods and services tax (GST) which is calculated by 10% of the total value of the goods, plus import duties, plus insurance cost and freight cost to Australia.

Import duty is calculated based on a percentage of goods prices, from 0 to 10% but mainly at 5%. The Special Consumption Tax applies to alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and petroleum.

In addition, goods imported into Australia must be properly labeled, including at least information on the manufacturing country and origin, the exact description of the goods, the address of the exporter and the importer. The labeling must be written in English, attached to the goods, in a right place.

According to statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, in the first four months of 2017, two-way turnover between Vietnam and Australia reached more than $US1.89 billion, of which Vietnam’s exports to Australia reached nearly $US 1.05 billion, up by 21.2%, Vietnam’s import turnover from Australia reached $US 848.02 million, up by 14.2% over the same period of 2016.

By Phan Thu/ Ngoc Loan



A business in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho has imported 1,768 cows from Australia to supply beef at competitive prices to HCM City and the western region markets.

local business imports nearly 1800 australian cows

Nguyen Minh Diep Thanh, the company’s deputy managing director, said his company invested US$10.86 million (VND250 billion) in building an Australia-standard farm and a slaughterhouse, and developing a distribution network.

Imported cows are farmed and slaughtered based on strict standards for food safety and hygiene aiming to supply safe meat products at prices as the same as those of domestic beef ranging between VND150,000-350,000 per kilo , Ms Thanh noted.

local business imports nearly 1800 australian cows

At present, the company has three distribution sites and a chain of restaurants serving dishes made from Australian beef in Can Tho. It is destined to open a shop at No 90 An Duong Vuong St in District 1, HCM City and then expand its operations across the country.​

Source: VOV


VCN- Vegetable exports continue to be an impressive bright spot in the export activities of the first two months of 2017 in Vietnam with a high growth of double-digit, bringing the amount of nearly 190 billion vnd per day.

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The Tan Thanh border gate – exporting point of vegetables in fruits to China. Photo: Thai Binh.

73% of vegetable exports to China

According to the latest statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, by 15th April 2017, the total value of fruit and vegetable exports reached $US 857 million, an increase of nearly 30% compared to the same period in 2016 (reaching $US 661 million), equivalent to an increase of $US 196 million.

Thus, on average, each day vegetable exports brought about $US 8.2 million, equivalent to the amount of nearly 190 billion vnd per day.

As a result, vegetables and fruits continue to maintain the third largest commodity exports in agricultural and aquatic products in Vietnam (after seafood and coffee).

Notably, vegetables and fruits had a stronger growth rate than seafood (only 7.8%) and coffee (21%). Thus, the difference between vegetables and the two above commodity groups was narrowed down.

Regarding the export market, Vietnamese vegetables have been exported to many countries and regions in the world such as Asia, Europe, and America. In particular, there have been many markets requiring high quality such as the United States, Japan, Australia, South Korea and European countries such as Germany and Netherlands.

However, the biggest market of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits was still China. According to the latest statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, exported fruits and vegetables to China reached $US 512 million, accounting for 73% of the total export value of this commodity in the same period.

At the local border near China, the area of exported vegetables and fruits were concentrated mainly at Tan Thanh border gate area (Lang Son) and Lao Cai border gate area.

Diversifying the market

Regarding the results on the export of vegetables recently, on 24th April 2017, speaking to a reporter of the Customs Newspaper, Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat – the executive of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association (VINAFRUIT) said that the results of fruit and vegetable exports were very positive.

According to Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat, the fruit and vegetable exports have been increasingly flourishing for many reasons.

Firstly, the trade promotion and market expansion by State management agencies have been creating positive results. As a result, Vietnamese vegetables and fruits have started to promote in the fastidious markets such as the United States, Japan, South Korea or EU countries.

“Although the value of export turnover to these markets is not high, but the export of vegetables to the fastidious markets with a high quality will increase the prestige for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits”, Dr. Dat said.

On the other hand, according to Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat, an increase in the demand for fruits and vegetables in the world was an opportunity for export growth of this product in Vietnam now as well as in the coming time.

In particular, an important cause which was emphasized by Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat was the role of scientists, the business community, producers and farmers in the effort to diversify the design and quality, brand promotion for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits.

“Although the fruit and vegetable export businesses have limited financial resources, they have efforts in promoting the brand and seeking the export markets. On the other hand, in the past two years, there has been a close connection among the exporters, the farmers, and the producers. Therefore, the quality and design of the products have been increasingly improved, thereby creating the prestige for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits in the world market”, the VINAFRUIT leader said.

In 2016, vegetables and fruits brought $US 2.457 billion, with a growth rate of 33.6% compared to 2015. This was the third largest export commodity in the field of agriculture (after fishery and coffee) and was the second fastest growing commodity group in the total of 45 key export categories which were listed by the General Department of Vietnam Customs (after gemstones, precious metals and products with a growth rate of 44.4%).

By Thai Binh/ Hoang Anh