Second-hand machinery and equipment permitted for import must be in use for less than five years and their quality must be 80 percent as good as new ones.
Under Ministry of Science and Technology’s Circular No. 20/2014/TT-BKHCN of July 15, on import of second-hand machinery, equipment and technologies, which will take effect on September 1, second-hand machinery and equipment imported to serve agricultural production, beverage production and post services are now subject to stricter rules, including those mentioned above.
Those imported to serve geological survey and mineral exploitation, ship building and repair, oil and gas activities at sea and transportation infrastructure construction must be no more than seven years old and maintain 80 percent of their initial quality.
The new regulation also requires importers to submit to customs offices imported machinery’s technical standard documents and quality control certificates which are granted by competent organizations for customs clearance.
Those machinery must also meet the requirements on quality, safety and energy saving along with environmental protection standards.-