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Import Procedures for Power Generators - Latest Considerations

I. Power Generator Import Procedures

A power generator is a device capable of converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, typically operating on the principle of electromagnetic induction. Power generators are imported from various countries worldwide, including Europe, Japan, the United States, South Korea, China, and Thailand. However, the import process for these generators shares significant similarities.

So, what considerations are needed for power generator import procedures, what are the specific steps, and how is the process executed?

Here, H-Cargo will provide information on power generator import procedures, HS codes for different types of generators, along with import policies, import taxes, and value-added tax (VAT) applicable to these generators.

II. Power Generator Import Policies

The import procedures for power generators are regulated by the following legal documents:

  • Circular 38/2015/TT-BTC dated March 25, 2015, amended and supplemented by Circular 39/2018/TT-BTC dated April 20, 2018.

  • Decree 69/2018/ND-CP dated May 15, 2018.

  • Decree 15/2018/ND-CP dated February 2, 2018.

  • Decision 583/QD-TCHQ dated March 22, 2019.

  • Decision 18/2019/QD-TTg dated April 19, 2019.

  • Decree 43/2017/ND-CP dated April 14, 2017.

  • Decree 128/2020/ND-CP dated October 19, 2020.

According to these legal documents, power generators do not fall under the list of prohibited import goods. Therefore, the import process for power generators is similar to that of other ordinary goods. However, when importing power generators, attention should be paid to the following:

  • Used power generators must be less than 10 years old.

  • Adherence to labeling requirements as per Decree 43/2017/ND-CP.

  • Accurate determination of HS codes to avoid penalties.

This summarizes the legal framework related to power generator import procedures. For any further queries about this process, please contact us via hotline or email for detailed consultation.

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III. Import Labeling for Power Generators

The requirement to attach labels to imported products is not a new regulation. However, since the issuance of Decree 128/2020/ND-CP, monitoring and inspecting the labeling of imported goods have become more stringent. Labeling on products aims to assist authorities in identifying the origin and the responsible unit for the product. Therefore, attaching labels to products is a crucial aspect of power generator import procedures.

1. Label Content

In addition to applying labels, the content on the labels plays a vital role. Specific regulations regarding label content for various goods are outlined in Decree 43/2017/ND-CP.

For power generators, a comprehensive label should contain the following information:

  • Exporter information (including address and company name).

  • Importer information (including address and company name).

  • Detailed name and description of the product.

  • Country of origin.

These are the basic pieces of information that should be present on the product label. If this information is displayed in languages other than Vietnamese, an equivalent translation should be provided. During the power generator import process, if discrepancies with regulations are detected, customs checks will scrutinize the label content with particular care.

2. Label Placement on Goods

Attaching labels to goods is essential, but proper label placement is even more critical. In the import process, product labels need to be affixed to various surfaces of the product, including on the carton, on wooden packaging, and on the product packaging. Placing labels at any location, as long as they are easily visible and verifiable, is significant.

Ensuring that labels are correctly positioned helps save time during customs inspections when conducting power generator import procedures. For retail products in the market, various information, including manufacturer information, product weight, technical specifications, production date, and safety warnings, needs to be displayed on the label.

3. Risks of Not Labeling

Attaching labels to goods is a crucial legal requirement. In cases where goods are not equipped with labels or if the label content is inaccurate during power generator import, importers may face the following risks:

  • Being subject to penalties as stipulated in Article 22 of Decree 128/2020/ND-CP.

  • Losing the benefits of special preferential import duties due to the denial of the origin confirmation.

  • Facing potential risks of loss or damage during loading and transportation due to the lack of warning information on the product label.

This highlights the importance of complying with regulations regarding proper labeling during power generator import.

IV. HS Codes for Various Types of Generators

To determine the HS code, one must consider the material, structure, size, and function of the power generator. For power generators, identifying the operational principle and function is sufficient to determine the HS code. Below is a compiled table of HS codes for various types of power generators:

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Based on the provided HS code table, it is evident that the import tax and VAT for power generators are 10%. Apart from these preferential tax rates, there are also other special preferential tax rates.

V. Documentation Set for Power Generator Import

The list of essential documents to complete power generator import procedures includes:

  • Customs declaration.

  • Commercial contract (Sale contract).

  • Packing list.

  • Commercial invoice.

  • Bill of lading.

  • Certificate of origin (if available).

  • Catalog (if available), and any other documents requested by the customs authority.

These documents must be provided to complete customs clearance for single-phase, three-phase, direct current, alternating current, and other types of power generators. Among these documents, the customs declaration, commercial invoice, bill of lading, and certificate of origin are the most crucial. Other documents may be required as supplementary if specified by the Customs authority.

VI. Import Process for Power Generators

The power generator import process comprises the following steps:

Step 1: Submit the customs declaration:

After gathering all required import and export documents, such as the contract, commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading, certificate of origin, arrival notice, and HS codes for various types of generators, enter the information into the customs system using the software.

Step 2: Open the customs declaration:

After completing the customs declaration, the customs system will classify the declaration into one of three processing streams: green, yellow, or red. Depending on the assigned stream, print the customs declaration and bring the import document set to the customs office to open the customs declaration and proceed with the power generator import process.

Step 3: Customs clearance:

After inspecting the documents and the goods, and if no issues arise, customs officers will accept the customs declaration. At this point, you can pay the import tax for the customs declaration to complete the goods clearance process.

Step 4: Receive and store the goods:

After completing the customs clearance process, take the necessary steps to receive the goods into storage and use.

These are the four basic steps in the power generator import process. If you need additional information or assistance with this procedure, please contact us via Zalo, hotline, or email for consultation.

VII. Key Considerations during Power Generator Import Procedures

Throughout the process of importing power generators for various customers, H-Cargo has accumulated valuable experiences that we would like to share. When importing power generators, you should:

  • Prepare the documents before importing goods to avoid storage or yard-related issues, while minimizing unnecessary costs.

  • Adhere to regulations regarding product labeling during power generator import.

  • Note that used power generators can be imported, but the age of the equipment must not exceed 10 years.

  • Prohibit the distribution of goods to the market before the customs declaration is cleared.

The above summarizes the power generator import procedures, HS codes for different types of generators, import taxes, and VAT, along with related policies. We hope this information provides you with an overview of this process.

For any inquiries, consultation requests, or service quotation requests for power generator import procedures, please contact us for detailed advice.

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