Laos Laos publishes list of prohibited goods for import-export control

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR published the “Decision on the list of prohibited goods for importation or exportation No. 0848 / MOIC” in the Gazette on 17 September 2021. The Decision broadens Article 11 of the Decree on Goods for Importation and Exportation, No. 114 / Gov, dated 06-Apr-2011. The decision became effective 15 days after the announcement in the Gazette.

The prohibited list of the goods for importation or exportation refers to the prohibited goods for either import or export in order to protect the national security; social order; ethics; culture; lives and health of the people, animal or plants; to protect the national heritage; natural resources or to comply with the international conventions. The decision lists prohibited goods for import and export respectively as follows.

List of prohibited goods for import

No. HS Goods description Management reasons Reference legislation Management sector
01 Any hazardous substance within the list of industrial substance of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce To protect the health and safety of the people and environment –                     The Chemical Weapons Convention;

–          The Rotterdam Convention;

–          The Stockholm Convention;

–          The Montreal Protocol;

–          The Law on Substance Management, No. 07/NA, dated 10-Nov-2016;

–          The Agreement on the Industrial Substance, No. 0220/MOIC.DIH, dated 23-Mar-2021.

The Department of Industry and Handicraft (Ministry of Industry and Commerce)
02 3601.00

3602.00

3603.00

– Bullets and components;

– War weaponry;

– War vehicles;

– Cluster bombs and non-explosive devices;

– Fireworks.

 

 

To protect the national peace and security –          Sets of the Laws on Criminals, No. 26/NA, dated 17-May-2017;

–          The Agreement on the Management Regulation and the Use of Explosive Substance in Lao PDR, No. 39/PM, dated 12-Jul-2001.

 

The Department of Industry National Defence; the General Department of Military Techniques (Ministry of National Defence)
03 1207.91.00.00

1211.40.00.00

1211.90.11.00

12.11.90.12.00

1301.90.30.00

2939.11

2939.71.00.00

 

The prohibited drugs and derivatives To protect peace, the social order, to protect the human lives –          Sets of the Laws on Criminals, No. 26/NA, dated;

–          The Law on Drugs, No. 10/NA, dated 25-Dec-2007;

–          The Decree on the Implementation of the Law on Drugs, No. 076/PM, dated 20-Feb-2009.

The Office of Drugs Inspection and Control, General Police Department (Ministry of Public Security)
04 Pornographic contents in the forms of books, printing and other materials that affect the national security and social order To protect the national culture The Law on Distribution Printing, No. 05/NA, dated 09-Dec-2008. The Department of Literature and Distribution Printing (Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism)
05 –  Banknote printer;

– Coin making machine;

– Banknote printing template;

– Banknote paper;

– Banknote ink;

– Coin casting machine.

 

To protect the counterfeiting or pirating of banknotes and to protect the economic stability and maintain the currency stability. –          The Law on the Bank of Lao PDR (Amendment), No. 47/NA, dated 19-Jun-2018. The Department of Monetary Policy (Bank of Lao PDR)
06 – The electronic wastes (e-Waste);

– Used battery.

To protect the health and safety of the humans and environment –          The Basel Convention;

–          The Announcement on the Results of the Monitoring and Information Collection of the Electronic Wastes and Used Batteries Separation and Melting Plants across the Country, No. 1855/PMO. Sec, dated 17-Nov-2017.

The Department of Industry and Handicraft (Ministry of Industry and Commerce)
07 All types of aquatic-wildlife animals and their components within the prohibited list of CITES Convention. To protect all the species from the vulnerabilities and the risk of extinction. –          The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

–          The Law on Aquatic -Wildlife Animals, No. 07/NA, dated 24-Dec-2008;

–          The Agreement on the Endorsement of the List of Aquatic -Wildlife Animals of the Prohibition Type or the I Management List and the II Management List, No. 08/PM, dated 25-Dec-2021;

–          The Order on the Increase of the Strictness of the Management and Inspection of the Wildlife animals and Forest Plants within the Prohibition Type, No. 05/PM, dated 08-May-2018;

–          The Agreement on the Establishment and Management of the Zoo, Wildlife Farm, Rehabilitation and Expansion of Wildlife Specifies and Forest Plants, No. 0188/DOF, dated 03-Feb-2019.

The Department of Forestry (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
08 Non-timber forest product (NTFP) within the prohibited list of CITES Convention To protect all the species from the vulnerabilities and the risk of extinction. –          The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

–          The Order on the Increase of the Strictness of the Management and Inspection of the Wildlife animals and Forest Plants within the Prohibition Type, No. 05/PM, dated 08-May-2018;

–          The Agreement on the Establishment and Management of the Zoo, Wildlife Farm, Rehabilitation and Expansion of Wildlife Specifies and Forest Plants, No. 0188/DOF, dated 03-Feb-2019.

–          The Agreement on the Determination of the Timber List of Type I and II and III, No. 0448/DOF, dated 03-Feb-2019;

–          The Agreement on the Determination of the NFTP List of Type I and II and III, No. 0279/DOF, dated 19-Feb-2020.

The Department of Forestry (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
09 2612 All types of radioactive material elements To protect the national peace and stability. –          The Law on Minerals (Amendment), No. 31/NA, dated 31-Dec-2017;

–          The Decree on the Exportation of Mineral Products, No. 90/PM, dated 09-Jun-2008.

–          The Agreement on the Regulation on the Application of Import-Export License of Minerals and Related Products, No. 0352/EM, dated 13-Mar-2012;

–          The Agreement on Minerals and Related Products Purchase, No. 0484/EM, dated 20-Apr-2012.

The Department of Minerals Management (Ministry of Energy and Mines)
10 Severe and dangerous chemical pesticide To protect the health and safety of the people and environment and comply with the provisions of the international conventions that Lao PDR is being a party to. –          The Rotterdam Convention;

–          The Stockholm Convention;

–          The Law on Substance Management, No. 07/NA, date 10-Nov-2016;

–          The Decree on the Management of Pesticide in Lao PDR, No. 258/Gov, dated 24-Aug-2017;

–          The Agreement on the Management of Pesticide in Lao PDR, No. 2860/Gov, dated 11-Jun-2010.

The Department of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
11 – The Radio Frequency Jammer.

– The Simbox Equipment.

– Spy phone both voice and data.

To protect the social order and national security –          The Law on Telecom, No. 09/NA, dated 21-Dec-2011;

–          The Law on Information and Communications Technology, No. 02/NA, dated 07-Nov-2016;

–          The Law on Telecommunication Frequency, No. 17/NA, dated 05-May-2017;

–          The Agreement on the Importation and Distribution of ICT devices, No. 3201/MPT, dated 16-Nov-2016;

–          The List of ICT Devices, No. 1504/Cab, dated 20-Jun-2018.

Ministry of Technology and Communications.
12 Electronic cigarettes and cigar To protect the health of people and prevent the drug’s use Notice on the Proposal for the Prohibitions of Importation, Distribution, and Consumption of Electronic cigarettes and cigar in Lao PDR, No. 1297/PMP.DICO, dated 13-Aug-2018. Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion (Ministry of Health)

 

 

List of prohibited goods for export

 

No. HS Goods description Management reasons Reference legislation Management sector
01 9706.00.000 Components or the materials that are national heritage To protect the properties; national heritage in the arts, history, ancient archaeology that are valuable and promote the eco-tourism and sustainability. –          The Law on National Heritage, No. 44/NA, dated 24-Dec-2013;

–          The Presidential Mandate on the National Heritage Preservation in the Culture, History, and Nature, No. 03/Pre, dated 20-Jun-1997;

–          The Agreement on the Preservation of National Heritage in the Historical Site; Heritage Hall; Exhibition Hall; All types of museums; bold and new buildings, No. 95/MICT, dated 28-Feb-2005.

The Department of Heritage (Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism)
02 Bat dropping To protect and retain the sustainability of the natural resources. –                     The Law on Agriculture, No. 01/98/NA, dated 10-Oct-1998;

–                     The Order on the Management and Use of Bat Dropping in the Country, No. 0613/MOF.05, dated 08-Jul-2005.

Department of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
03 Timber, stick, lumber, roots, stump, standing timber, tree branch, decoration tree exploited from nature, including the charcoal that uses natural materials. To protect the sustainability of natural resources. –          The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

–          The Law on Forestry, No. 64/NA, dated 16-Jun-2019.

 

The Department of Import-Export (Ministry of Industry and Commerce).
04 The hazardous substance within the list of industrial substance of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce To protect the health and safety of the people and environment –                     The Chemical Weapons Convention;

–                     Th Rotterdam Convention;

–                     The Stockholm Convention;

–                     The Montreal Protocol;

–                     The Law on Substance Management, No. 07/NA, dated 10-Nov-2016;

–                     The Agreement on the Industrial Substance, No. 0220/MOIC.DIH, dated 23-Mar-2021.

The Department of Industry and Handicraft (Ministry of Industry and Commerce).
05 All types of aquatic-wildlife animals and their components within the prohibited list of CITES Convention. To protect all the species from the vulnerabilities and the risk of extinction. –          The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

–          The Law on Aquatic -Wildlife Animals, No. 07/NA, dated 24-Dec-2008;

–          The Agreement on the Endorsement of the List of Aquatic -Wildlife Animals of the Prohibition Type or the I Management List and the II Management List, No. 08/PM, dated 25-Dec-2021;

–          The Order on the Increase of the Strictness of the Management and Inspection of the Wildlife animals and Forest Plants within the Prohibition Type, No. 05/PM, dated 08-May-2018;

–                     The Agreement on the Establishment and Management of the Zoo, Wildlife Farm, Rehabilitation and Expansion of Wildlife Specifies and Forest Plants, No. 0188/DOF, dated 03-Feb-2019.

The Department of Forestry (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
06 Non-timber forest product (NTFP) within the prohibited list of CITES Convention To protect all the species from the vulnerabilities and the risk of extinction. –          The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

–          The Order on the Increase of the Strictness of the Management and Inspection of the Wildlife animals and Forest Plants within the Prohibition Type, No. 05/PM, dated 08-May-2018;

–          The Agreement on the Establishment and Management of the Zoo, Wildlife Farm, Rehabilitation and Expansion of Wildlife Specifies and Forest Plants, No. 0188/DOF, dated 03-Feb-2019.

–          The Agreement on the Determination of the Timber List of Type I and II and III, No. 0448/DOF, dated 03-Feb-2019;

–                     The Agreement on the Determination of the NFTP List of Type I and II and III, No. 0279/DOF, dated 19-Feb-2020.

The Department of Forestry (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry)
07 2612 All types of radioactive material elements To protect the national peace and stability. –          The Law on Minerals (Amendment), No. 31/NA, dated 31-Dec-2017;

–          The Decree on the Exportation of Mineral Products, No. 90/PM, dated 09-Jun-2008.

–          The Agreement on the Regulation on the Application of Import-Export License of Minerals and Related Products, No. 0352/EM, dated 13-Mar-2012;

–                     The Agreement on Minerals and Related Products Purchase, No. 0484/EM, dated 20-Apr-2012.

The Department of Minerals Management (Ministry of Energy and Mines)

 

The goods within the above list are prohibited to import or export for commercial purposes though they might be permitted by the government for the purposes of research and development, national security, or other benefits for the country.

 

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