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Vietnam Decree 102/2020ND-CP for Hardwood Imports

Dear AHEC Members,

Vietnam has recently issued “Decree 102”, which regulates their Timber Legality Assurance System (VNTLAS) following a risk-based approach. What this means is that Vietnam is separating their wood supplying countries into “Positive” (sometimes translated as “Active”) and “Non-positive” (sometimes translated as “Negative”) groups. Countries in the “Positive” group do not need additional chain of custody documentation beyond what has been provided in the past, and should not have additional requirements as long as the importer is able to show the species and country of origin. Countries in the “Non-positive” group will need to provide chain of custody or certification documents for their shipments.

Here is a link to the USDA’s translation of Decree 102/2020/ND-CP:

https://www.fas.usda.gov/data/vietnam-vietnam-issues-decree-regulating-timber-legality-assurance-system

The official list of which countries are Positive and which are Non-Positive has not yet been published, even though the Decree technically went into effect at the end of October. However, according to our contacts at HAWA, VIFORES, the US State Department, and the US Embassy, the United States is included in the “Positive Geographical Area”, meaning there will be no additional chain of custody or certification documentation required to export hardwood products to Vietnam. In order to make sure a clear region of harvest and country of origin for your export shipment, AHEC strongly recommends creating an “AHEP” document for your shipments through our www.ahec.org website. This form can even be applied to a range of shipments and will meet global requirements like Decree 102 and the EUTR. If you have questions about how to create an AHEP please let me know.

We will continue to update you as the full list of “Positive” and “Non-Positive” countries is published and we’ll reach out immediately if there are any additional requirements for exporting to Vietnam.

Best Regards,

Tripp Pryor

International Program Manager

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