Circular 06/2012/TT-BCT of the Ministry of Industry and Trade dated 03/27/2012 detailing procedures for the establishment and operation of representative offices of foreign trade promotion organizations in Vietnam

Circular provides in details grant, re-grant, modification, supplementation, extension and revocation of licences for establishment of representative offices (License). Subjects of application in this Circular are foreign trade promotion organizations in Vietnam as stipulated in Decree 100/2011/ND-CP.

Representative offices of foreign trade promotion organizations in Vietnam and other foreign organizations relating to operation of trade promotion shall lodge application dossier to the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency of MOIT.
According to this Circular, procedures for receipt of application dossiers as follows:

Where submission of application dossiers in person, the applicant must present written authorization letter issued by the foreign trade promotion organization. Where application dossiers sent via courier, licensing agency receives dossiers in accordance with rules and will not issue any taking-over note. Within 20 working days from date of receipt of proper dossiers, licensing agency shall consider for grant a License to foreign trade promotion organization. If refusing to grant a License, the licensing agency shall reply in writing, clearly stating the reason.
In case of modification or amendment of License, within 10 working days from the date of such changes, foreign trade promotion organization shall send one set of dossier of request for modification or amendment of License to a competent authority.

In case of re-grant License, within 15 working days the foreign trade promotion organization shall submit 01 dossier of request for re-grant of License.
In addition, the Circular also specifies list of required documents when requesting extension or termination of operations, revocation of License for trade promotion organizations in Vietnam.

This Circular takes effect from 10/05/2012.