Information about the organization


Viet Nam

This page gathers key information on Viet Nam's negotiations to join the WTO.  Viet Nam became the WTO's 150th member on 11 January 2007.

> Page for Viet Nam as a Member





WTO accession process in brief



Problems viewing this page? If so, please contact [email protected] giving details of the operating system and web browser you are using.

Viet Nam's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 04/01/1995  WT/L/1
Accession Working Party established 31/01/1995  WT/GC/M/1
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  11/04/1995  WT/ACC/VNM/1  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
2nd 02/2005 - 10/2006 Ambassador Eirik GLENNE (Norway)
1st 04/1995 - 12/2004 Ambassador Seung HO (Republic of Korea)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening notice Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 27-28/07/1998
2nd 03/12/1998
3rd 22-23/07/1999
4th 30/11/2000
5th 10/04/2002
6th 12/05/2003 News item
7th 10/12/2003 News item
8th 15/06/2004 News item
9th 15/12/2004 News item
10th 15/09/2005 News item
11th 27/03/2006 News item
12th 19/07/2006 News item
13th 09/10/2006 News item
14th 26/10/2006 News item
Informal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
Plurilateral Meetings Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  24/09/1996  WT/ACC/VNM/2
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 04/03/1998  WT/ACC/VNM/3   (+  addenda & corrigendum)
20/04/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/6
19/04/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/6/Add.1
16/07/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/7
26/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/9
30/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/9/Add.2
06/08/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/16
06/03/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/23
Factual Summary of Points Raised  09/2001; 04/2003 Informal circulation.
Additional Questions & Replies 30/10/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/29
28/04/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/32
10/05/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/32/Add.1
13/10/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/33
07/04/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/36
07/04/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/36/Add.1
07/04/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/37
26/07/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/38
02/09/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/39
20/12/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/41
09/06/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/44
28/09/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/46
02/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/47
12/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/47/Add.1
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party  28/11/2003  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/4 (+  revision)
Draft Report of the Working Party  22/11/2004  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/5  (+  revisions and corrigendum)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  05/11/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/3  (+  revisions & addendum)
SPS (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 26/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/11  (+  revisions)
TBT (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 31/10/2002  WT/ACC/VNM/24  (+  revisions)
TRIPS (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 05/12/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/21  (+  revisions & addendum)
Import Licensing Procedures (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 14/09/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/40 
Customs Valuation (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 22/12/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/35
State-Trading (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 28/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/14  (+  addenda & revision)
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 27/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/13  (+  addenda)
22/02/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/42  (+  revisions)
Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  16/07/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/8
26/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/15  (+  addenda)
04/11/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/31  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans  26/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/10 (pricing policy) 
26/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/12 (TRIPS) 
05/12/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/18 (TRIMS)  (+  revisions)
05/12/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/20 (Customs Valuation Agreement)  (+  revisions)
24/10/2002  WT/ACC/VNM/22 (Import Licensing Procedures)  (+  revisions)
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
12/03/1998  WT/ACC/VNM/3/Add.1
16/04/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/6/Add.2
27/06/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/9/Add.1
06/08/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/16/Add.1
15/10/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/28
04/11/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/28/Add.3
13/10/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/33/Add.1
06/12/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/33/Add.2
22/12/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/33/Add.3
07/04/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/36/Add.2
17/05/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/37/Add.1
25/05/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/37/Add.2
26/07/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/38/Add.1
02/09/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/39/Add.1
19/12/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/41/Add.1
04/01/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/41/Add.2
09/03/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/43
09/06/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/44/Add.1
14/07/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/45
02/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/46/Add.1
12/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/46/Add.2
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
26/06/1998  WT/ACC/VNM/4  
  •  Check List of Documents
11/11/1998  WT/ACC/VNM/4/Rev.1  
  •  Check List of Documents
16/07/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/4/Rev.2  
  •  Check List of Documents
16/11/2000  WT/ACC/VNM/4/Rev.3  
  •  Check List of Documents
22/03/2002  WT/ACC/VNM/4/Rev.4  
  •  Check List of Documents
24/08/1998  WT/ACC/VNM/5  
  •  Information on the Existing Regime in the Area of Services
24/08/1998  WT/ACC/VNM/5/Add.1  
  •  Service Subject to Pricing Management Measures of the Government
16/07/1999  WT/ACC/VNM/8  Newly Issued Legal Documents
06/08/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/16/Add.1  Detailed data on Viet Nam’s Import-Export Statistics for the year 1997 by 6-digit HS (commodity description is available in Vietnamese only)
13/12/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/17  Agreement between United States and Viet Nam
05/12/2001  WT/ACC/VNM/19  
  •  Notification under Article 5.1 on the Agreement on TRIMs
19/05/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/27  Export-Import Data 1998-2000
31/10/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/19/Rev.1  Notification under Article 5.1 on the Agreement on TRIMs Revision
31/10/2002  WT/ACC/VNM/25  
  •  Viet Nam's Non-tariff measures
08/01/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/25/Rev.1  
  •  Viet Nam's Non-tariff measures – December 2002 Revision
04/11/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/25/Rev.2  
  •  Viet Nam's Non-tariff measures Revision
27/04/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/25/Rev.3  
  •  Viet Nam's Non-tariff measures Revision
30/04/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/26
  •  Check List of Documents after 5th WPM
15/10/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/28
  •  Schedule of VAT on Imports (2003)
  •  Special Consumption Tax Schedule for Imports with HS Code reference
27/10/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/28/Add.1
  •  Viet Nam's List of Effective Import Tariff (MFN Rates)
03/11/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/28/Add.2  Schedule of VAT on Imports (2003)
30/10/2003  WT/ACC/VNM/30
  •  Special Consumption Tax schedule
22/12/2004  WT/ACC/VNM/34
  •  Update on Implementation of the Customs Valuation Agreement in Viet Nam
17/05/2005  WT/ACC/VNM/37/Add.1
  •  Comparison Between the Proposed Law On Export and Import Duties and The Provisions of the Existing Law on Export and Import Duties
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  07/01/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/1  (+  revisions & addenda)
Services Offer(s)  07/01/2002  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/2  (+  revisions)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  11/08/2006  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/6
05/10/2006  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/7  (+  corrigendum)
Draft Services Schedule  10/10/2006  WT/ACC/SPEC/VNM/8  (+  revision)
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings 
IV. Summary of Final Meeting of the Working Party
V. Accession Package (“Terms of Accession”, de-restricted) 
Ministerial Conference/General Council Decision on the Accession 07/11/2006  WT/L/662
Protocol of Accession  15/11/2006  WT/L/662
Report of the Working Party 27/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/48
Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  27/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/48/Add.1 (File 1); (File 2)
Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  27/10/2006  WT/ACC/VNM/48/Add.2
VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Viet Nam” in drop down list then click on “View Report”
VII. Instrument of Acceptance 
Notification of Acceptance and Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Accession 12/12/2006  WT/LET/552  News item
VIII. Date of Membership
  11/01/2007 150th Member  News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
22nd economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

The de-restriction of documents is a key component of the transparency obligations of the Multilateral Trading System.  Paragraphs 1 and 2(e) of the Ministerial Council Decision WT/L/452 of 14 May 2002 provide that “documents relating to working parties on accession shall be restricted and shall be automatically de-restricted upon the adoption of the report of the working party” by the Ministerial Conference/General Council.  The time of completion of the de-restriction process depends on the amount and complexities of the documents involved.  Prior to 2002, the de-restriction of accession-related documents was governed by a different set of rules (i.e. General Council Decision WT/L/160/Rev.1 of 26 July 1996), which only affect documents circulated prior to 2002.