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In this annual webinar series, we are putting a spotlight on warehousing arrangements. Our speakers will update you on legislative and customs developments, share insights into the current practices of authorities, and provide practical tips on how you can identify opportunities, maximize benefits and mitigate risks when utilizing these warehouses as part of your supply chain solutions.

On 20 September 2021, the Ministry of Public Security released the Draft Decree on Cybersecurity Administrative Sanctions. The MPS is collecting public opinions on this Draft Decree until 18 November 2021. The Draft Decree consists of four chapters and 51 articles, with the main substance regarding administrative violations, penalties, and remedial measures covered under Chapter II.

Following the National Assembly’s adoption of the Law on Tax Administration, the Vietnam Ministry of Finance just issued Circular No. 80/2021/TT-BTC to provide implementing guidelines on the Law on Tax Administration and Government Decree No. 126/2020/ND-CP. One of the important provisions under Circular 80 is tax administration with respect to e-commerce business, digital-based business and other services of overseas suppliers without having a permanent establishment in Vietnam.

The Ministry of Finance released the draft Decree Regulating the Management of Imports and Exports Transacted via E-commerce in August 2021. The Draft Decree introduces dedicated customs procedures for e-commerce transacted goods, including provisions on advance information submissions via a specialized customs electronic data processing system; exemptions from specialized management and inspection and from import tax; categorization of goods; and customs procedures for returned goods.

On 3 June 2021, the Trade Remedy Authority of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) received a petition for an anti-dumping investigation with regard to office desks and chairs originating from China and Malaysia. The petitioners are Xuan Hoa Vietnam JSC, and Hoa Phat Furniture., JSC. On 1 September 2021, the MOIT issued Decision No. 2091/QD-BCT to officially conduct the investigation.

The Vietnam Competition and Consumer Authority recently published an article explaining in detail the fundamental issues regarding agreements on price fixing, how such issue is addressed in other jurisdictions with developed antitrust regulations, and how it should be viewed within the context of Vietnam’s Competition Law No. 23/2018/QH14.