THE REGULATION ON PERSONAL EFFECTS AS ALCOHOL AND CIGARS AMENDED
VCN – The General Department of Vietnam Customs is gathering comments from people about the draft Circular amending Circular 120/2015/TT-BTC of the Ministry of Finance regulating on forms, printing, issuing, and management and use of Customs declarations for people on exit or entry. The revised contents are expected to tighten the carrying for items such as alcohol and cigars.
Particularly, passengers on entry or exit must declare the Customs declarations if they carry taxable goods: carrying over 1.5 liters of alcohol of ≥20% ABV (alcohol by volume), or over 2 liters of alcohol of < 20% ABV; or over 3liters of alcoholic drinks and beer; over 200 cigarettes; over 20 cigars or over 250 grams of shredded tobacco; and other items with value of over 10 million VND.
Thus, in comparison with current regulations, the Customs declaration for some items is expected to be further tightened. Especially for cigars, the passengers on exit or entry carrying 20 cigars must declare on the Customs declaration instead of 100 cigars as described in the current regulations.
If carrying over 1.5 liters of alcohol of ≥20% ABV or 2 liters of alcohol of <20% ABV, the passengers must declare on the Customs declaration instead of over 1.5 liters of alcohol of ≥22% ABV or 2 liters of alcohol of < 22% ABV as described in the current regulations. In addition, the over 250 grams of shredded tobacco must also be declared instead of 500 grams as per the current regulations.
The regulations on the Customs declaration in the draft Circular are in accordance with the provisions of the Government’s Decree No.134/2016/ND-CP guiding the Law on Export and Import duty. In particular, the regulation on Import duty exemption for each entry according to norms: 1.5 liters of alcohol of ≥20% ABV or 2.0 liters of alcohol of <20% ABV or 3.0 liters of other alcoholic drinks or beer; 200 cigarettes or 250 gram of shredded tobacco or 20 cigars; other items other than those mentioned above (not in the List of goods banned from import, suspended from import or subject to conditional import) with total Customs value in not excess of 10 million VND.
By Ngoc Linh/Ngoc Loan