Vietnam Vietnam sets waste list available for production raw materials

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:

Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

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Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji