List of imported and exported medicine and medicinal ingredients identified commodity codes

VCN – 14 lists of imported and exported medicine and medicinal ingredients for human use and cosmetics that have been identified commodity codes under Vietnam’s Imports and Exports Nomenclature, have been approved and issued by the Ministry of Health from July 26, 2024.
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The Ministry of Health has issued Circular No. 09/2024/TT-BYT promulgating lists and principles for applying lists of medicine and medicinal ingredients including: pharmaceutical medicine, herbal medicine, traditional medicine, vaccines, biology products; medicinal ingredients as pharmaceutical substances, medicinal herbs, extracts from medicinal herbs, essential oils for medicinal purposes and the List of exported and imported cosmetics whose commodity codes have been determined under the Vietnam’s Imports and Exports Nomenclature issued together with Circular No. 31 /2022/TT-BTC dated June 8, 2022 of the Minister of Finance.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Health issues together with this Circular 14 Lists of 14 lists of imported and exported medicine and medicinal ingredients for human use and cosmetics that have been identified commodity codes under Vietnam’s Imports and Exports Nomenclature as follows:

List 1: List of imported and exported toxic medicine and toxic ingredients for medicine with identified commodity codes.

List 2: List of exported and imported medicinal ingredients as addictive pharmaceutical substances with identified commodity codes

List 3: List of exported and imported medicinal ingredients as psychotropic pharmaceutical substances with identified commodity codes;

List 4: List of exported and imported medicinal ingredients as medical precursors with identified commodity codes;

List 5: List of exported and imported medicine and pharmaceutical substances under the List of substances banned from use in a number of industries and fields with identified commodity codes;

List 6: List of exported and imported medicinal ingredients as radioactive substances used in the medical industry with identified commodity codes;

List 7: List of exported and imported medicinal ingredients as pharmaceutical ingredients and finished products with identified commodity codes;

List 8: List of medicine containing only 01 exported or imported pharmaceutical ingredient with identified commodity codes;

List 9: List of imported and exported combination medicine with identified commodity codes;

List 10: List of exported and imported vaccines with identified commodity codes;

List 11: List of imported and exported medicinal herbs with identified commodity codes.

List 12: List of imported and exported extracts from medicinal herbs, essential oils for medicinal purposes with identified commodity codes.

List 13: List of imported and exported traditional medicine, herbal medicine with identified commodity codes.

List 14: List of exported and imported cosmetics with identified product codes.

The Circular stipulates that in actual application, if there are differences or inconsistencies in the classification and determination of commodity codes for goods under the Lists, the determination of commodity codes will comply with customs law.

If the imported and exported medicine, medicinal ingredients, and cosmetics have not been listed and have their commodity codes determined in the Lists, the determination of commodity codes will comply with the provisions of customs law.

After the customs clearance, importers and exporters must send documents to the Ministry of Health as a basis for coordinating with the Ministry of Finance to consider, update and promulgate the Additional List.

Notably, this Circular provides the handling of pharmaceutical substances, medicinal herbs, extracts from medicinal herbs, essential oils for medicinal purposes can also be used for other purposes. Accordingly, if items are used as medicine or medicinal ingredients, they will be applied under the Law on pharmacy; and for other purpose will be complied with other relevant regulations.

This Circular does not regulate medicinal ingredients that are excipients and capsule shells: goods not used for medicinal purposes, goods that are not medicinal ingredients for human use.

When Circular 09 takes effect from July 26, 2024, a series of circulars will be invalid, including:

Circular No. 06/2018/TT-BYT dated April 6, 2018 of the Minister of Health; Circular No. 48/2018/TT-BYT dated December 28, 2018 of the Minister of Health; Circular No. 03/2021/TT-BYT dated March 4, 2021 of the Ministry Minister of Health.

Earlier, during the building of the List, the General Department of Vietnam Customs closely coordinated in reviewing, classifying, applying codes to product streams and providing specific comments on the content of the Circular regulating the List of imported and exported medicine, medicinal ingredients, and cosmetics.

By Ngoc Linh/Ngoc Loan

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