On September 24 of 2020, the Prime Minister’s Decision on Promulgation of the List of Waste Permitted for Import as Production Materials was issued in Vietnam. This decision stipulates wastes and scraps that are allowed to be imported as production materials into Vietnam as follows: waste or scrap iron and steel, plastics, paper, non-ferrous metals, and blast furnace slag. For each importable item, the decision indicates HS code. The importable wastes / scraps are summarized as below:
Wastes / scraps
|Iron||Waste or scrap of iron, steel, stainless steel, or tinned iron or steel|
|Plastics||Waste or scrap of plastics of polymers of ethylene (PE) of non-rigid cellular products, other PE, or polymers of styrene (PS)|
|Paper||Recovered waste or scrap paper or paperboard
Unbleached craft paper or paperboard
|Glass||Cullet or other waste or scrap of glass, or glass in the mass|
|Non-ferrous metal||Waste or scrap of copper, nickel, aluminium or other non-ferrous metals|
|Blast furnace slag||Slag from the manufacture of iron or steel
Blast furnace slag includes slag sand and slug from the refining of iron or steel
This Decision also stipulates wastes that are permitted to be imported to Vietnam until December 31 of 2021: recovered waste or scrap paper or paperboard, other waste papers (including unsorted waste and scrap), and slag from iron and steel refining industry.
This decision will be enacted on November 15 of 2020 repealing the existing Prime Minister’s Decision No. 73/2014/QD-TTg. Environmental protection certificates that have been already issued for import of wastes as production raw materials will continue to be valid until the certificate expires.
The Prime Minister’s Decision can be downloaded at: