Find Out The Most Detailed Charcoal Export Procedures 2023

detailed charcoal export procedures 2023

In the era of globalization and free trade, the export of goods and equipment to Vietnam is increasing and developing. In particular, charcoal is one of the items exported quite a lot to other countries. However, due to its complex properties and diversity of types, the export of charcoal also needs a particular control mechanism. Suppose you want to know precisely how the procedure for exporting charcoal is regulated within the framework of this article. In that case, Vietnam Charcoal will update detailed information for interested readers to refer to, then apply and follow the instructions. Help export shipments get customs clearance faster.

Overview of the situation and demand for exporting Vietnamese charcoal to foreign countries

In the past, charcoal and coconut shell charcoal were important family fuels. In modern times, with the development of electricity, gas, and gasoline, charcoal is thought to have disappeared. But it still exists as an integral part of the country. Because coconut shell charcoal has an important role, it is said to be the catalyst to help enhance the original taste of food due to the increasing demand for coal, charcoal, and coconut shell charcoal from small households to sizable hot pot restaurants.

Charcoal is a widely used commodity in many areas of life. Japan and Korea are two countries with a lot of coastlines. Seafood is a regular dish; most of it is grilled, so they need a lot of charcoal. In Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Oman, Turkey, etc., the demand for coal is always high. European countries are cold countries; they also require coal, etc. Recently, due to a lack of supply, these countries have switched to importing from Asia, of which Vietnam is a good source, so this item is becoming increasingly popular. Very “hot” in the market.

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According to the General Department of Customs, in April 2022, coal exports reached 129.5 thousand tons, equivalent to 54 million USD, down 50% in volume and 10% in value compared to March. In April 2022, coal exports reached 444 thousand tons, equivalent to nearly 128.5 million USD, up 4% in volume and 2.4 times in export turnover compared to the same period in 2021. Notably, the export price of coal in January reached 418 USD/ton, doubled in March, and was more than three times higher than in 2021. In 4 months, the average export coal price reached 280 USD/ton, up 2.2 times over the same period last year.

Conditions for exporting charcoal

According to Article 4 of Circular No. 15/2013/TT-BCT regulating coal export, only enterprises can export coal. Coal exporting enterprises must be enterprises that are eligible for coal trading. According to the provisions of Circular No. 14/2013/TT-BCT issued on July 15, 2013, by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, regulating coal trading conditions

Besides, charcoal is allowed to be exported when it meets the following conditions:

  • Charcoal must be processed and meet quality standards. Or equivalent to the quality standards specified in Appendix I to Circular No. 15/2013/TT-BCT.
  • Charcoal must have a legal origin as prescribed in Circular No. 14/2013/TT-BCT of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on conditions for coal trading.
  • Other regulations and conditions (if any) under the management of the government on import and export activities depend on each period.
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Details of procedures for exporting charcoal

Legal policy for export of charcoal

Charcoal exports are not on the list of items banned from export. Therefore, traders and enterprises can export charcoal to many foreign partners. However, when exporting, enterprises need to pay attention to the following policies and regulations:

  • Document No. 07/VBHN-BNNPTNT, dated April 25, 2016, was merged from Circular No. 01/2012/TT-BNNPTNT and Circular No. 40/2015/TT-BNNPTNT:  This document stipulates records of forest products legality and the verification of the origin of forest products.
  • Circular No. 24/2017/TT-BNNPTNT: Regulations on HS Codes of Exported Goods Under the Management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Circular No. 04/2015/TT-BNNPTNT: issued on February 12, 2015: Concretizing several contents in Decree No. 187/2013/ND-CP on international goods trading activities for the following items: products in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and fishery

HS Code and current tax policy for charcoal products

Under the current export tariff schedule attached to the Finance Minister’s Circular No. 182/2015/TT-BTC, “Promulgating the export tariff and preferential import tariff according to the list of taxable items,” the HS Code and export tax on charcoal products under the heading 4402 are as follows:

Product codeDescriptionExport tax
4402Charcoal (Including pod or seed coal), whether or not agglomerated.   
44029010Coconut Shell Charcoal0
4402909010Wood Charcoal5

Charcoal export customs documents

Customs dossiers for the export of charcoal include documents such as:

  • Commercial contract;
  • Commercial invoice;
  • Goods packing slip;
  • Charcoal export entrustment contract (If any);
  • A list of forest products bearing the certification seal of the local forest ranger agency, county level, or branch;
  • The list of forest products that enterprises make by themselves is based on form No. 01 specified in Circular No. 01/2012/TT-BNNPTNT.
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Documents proving the legality of exported charcoal

Besides the documents prescribed by Customs, when carrying out procedures for exporting charcoal. Then the exporting enterprise needs to present other documents, including:

  • Sample analysis sheet to confirm the conformity with standards and the quality of the exported coal lot. This analysis sheet is issued by a laboratory meeting VILAS standards.
  • Records proving the legality of exported charcoal
  • So what are the documents proving the legality of exported charcoal? According to Article 5, Circular No. 15/2013/TT-BCT, the documents proving the legality of exported charcoal include the following:
  • For coal mining enterprises, including mining licenses, salvage mining licenses granted by a competent state agency are still valid.
  • For charcoal processing enterprises: includes an investment certificate in a coal processing facility. And must have a contract to buy coal of legal origin for processing.
  • For commercial enterprises engaged in the export and import of charcoal, the sale and purchase contract shall be enclosed with a copy of the value-added invoice—or valid documents to buy coal confiscated and sold by competent state agencies.

Above are the details of the charcoal export procedure that Vietnam Charcoal wants to provide to businesses. Hopefully, through the sharing of export procedures in the article, it gives traders a lot of helpful information!

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