The above information was confirmed by the General Department of Customs with VnEconomy after this agency received feedback that some enterprises importing drugs and medicinal ingredients said they would be subject to additional administrative procedures when carrying out customs clearance procedures. goods.


According to the General Department of Customs, at the end of July 2021, this agency has issued a document to guide the local customs departments on the process and procedures for goods inspection for shipments of drugs and medicinal ingredients upon import. entered Vietnam from August 1, 2021.

Specifically, the General Department of Customs has issued two documents to guide, including: Official Letter No. 3639/TCHQ-GSQL dated July 19, 2021 on physical inspection of imported goods subject to special storage conditions and Official Dispatch No. 401/TCHQ-GSQL dated July 23, 2021 on checking records of shipments of drugs and medicinal ingredients.

Accordingly, the customs declarations of the golden channel made from August 1, 2021 must be checked and compared with the customs declarations with the customs dossiers in accordance with regulations on strengthening the inspection of drugs and raw materials for manufacturing. imported drugs.

After the customs units check, if it is determined that it is appropriate, then customs clearance must be carried out immediately. On the contrary, if the inspection finds that the documents are not suitable or doubts about the authenticity of the documents, the red channel will be changed to conduct physical inspection of the goods.

With customs declarations in the red channel, customs units must conduct physical inspection of goods immediately upon receipt of the declarations. The inspection is to compare with the content recorded on the customs declaration.

For customs declarations under the red channel, the importing enterprise must present to customs the original copy of the power of attorney, the product circulation permit, and the product test sheet. The customs officer, after receiving these originals, will check and compare them with the copies that the enterprise has submitted to the Customs in the import dossier.


The total import turnover of pharmaceuticals in the first 6 months of 2021 is worth nearly 1.48 billion USD, down 6.3% compared to the first 6 months of 2020.

Accordingly, the amount of pharmaceuticals imported from Vietnam's main markets has decreased compared to the same period in 2020. Specifically, imported pharmaceuticals from France decreased by 12.5%, reaching $221.76 million; German market decreased by 19.4%, reaching 151.93 million USD; The Indian market decreased by 9.7%, reaching 116.9 million USD; The US market fell 31.8%, reaching only 86.48 million USD.

Also according to the General Department of Customs, the strict control of shipments of drugs and medicinal ingredients to control imported drugs.

According to research by VnEconomy, in the first 6 months of 2021, the amount of pharmaceutical products imported from Vietnam's main markets of Germany, France, the US and India decreased sharply compared to the same period in 2020. considered a source of high quality pharmaceuticals.

The reason for the decrease is due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has increased logistics costs and increased pharmaceutical prices. Therefore, Vietnamese pharmaceutical importers are tending to switch to importing pharmaceutical products from other markets. The market is cheaper, but the quality is not well controlled.

Source: VNeconomy