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Latest pepper export procedures 2024

I. Black Pepper Export Procedures and Current Situation

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Black pepper export procedures are a crucial process in agriculture and international trade. To successfully carry out black pepper export procedures, businesses need to adhere to a series of international regulations and standards. This requires special attention to product quality, safe transportation, and relevant customs documents. Adhering to and strictly following export procedures for black pepper is a decisive factor to ensure that your product gains effective access to the international market, creating larger business opportunities.

For many years, black pepper has been a leading export product of Vietnam, consistently ranking first globally in production and export volume. Experts recognize significant potential for the development, exploitation, and export of black pepper, with numerous advantages. However, for long-term sustainability, Vietnam needs to focus on linking various aspects to create a region with high-quality black pepper raw materials and enhance competitive capabilities. This includes meeting quality requirements, efficient cultivation management, and controlling pesticide residues.

Thanks to favorable weather conditions, rich soil, and competitive labor costs, Vietnam has the ability to export black pepper at competitive prices compared to similar products from other countries. Vietnam's black pepper is diverse, with various variants such as black pepper, green pepper, white pepper, powdered pepper, pepper seeds, and vinegar-soaked pepper, all favored by international consumers.

Export conditions for black pepper to foreign markets:

According to the regulations in TCVN 7036:2008, black pepper must comply with the following:

  • Black pepper must comply with the food laws of the importing country.

  • Each market has its own regulations on food safety, including testing for mycotoxin, pesticide residues, microorganisms, and foreign objects.

  • Packaging must protect the flavor, color, and quality of the product. If packaged for retail, labeling must comply with the importing country's regulations on food information.

  • Black pepper needs to be stored in a dry, well-ventilated place, isolated from odors, insects, and rodents.

II. HS Code and Export Tax

1. HS Code for Black Pepper:

HS Code



Pepper belongs to the genus Piper; chili peppers of the genus Capsicum or genus Pimenta, dried or ground or crushed


- - not crushed or minced


- - - White


- - - Black

2. Export Tax

Export Policy: Pepper seeds do not fall into the category of goods requiring an export license, so there is no need to apply for an export license.

Tax Policy: Pepper seeds are classified under code group 0904, which is a category with 0% export tax and 0% VAT for exported goods.

Additionally, according to Circular No. 1429/TCHQ-KTTT issued by the Ministry of Finance in 2005, companies need to pay an export fee for pepper seeds, which is $1.5 USD per ton.

III. Detailed Procedures for Pepper Seed Export According to Current Regulations

1. Customs Export Documents for Pepper Seeds

The necessary documents in the customs dossier for pepper seed export include:

  • Commercial Invoice

  • Sales Contract

  • Packing List

  • Documents related to the goods (invoices, purchase lists)

  • Export Authorization Contract (if applicable)

  • Additional documents requested by the importer, such as a Phytosanitary Certificate

The set of documents may also include:

  • Commercial Invoice

  • Packing List

  • Original Bill of Lading

  • Fumigation Certificate

  • Phytosanitary Certificate

  • Certificate of Quality/Quantity

  • Certificate of Origin (if applicable)

2. Export Procedure for Pepper Seeds

Step 1: After preparing the complete set of documents, declare the customs export: To carry out the export procedure for pepper seeds, compliance with the current customs regulations is required. The customs declaration process has become more convenient with the use of the electronic customs software ECUS5-VNACCS, allowing for online declaration and data transmission. Subsequently, you will receive the declaration result (yellow, green, or red channels).

Step 2: After declaring the customs form through the software, print the form along with the necessary documents to the local customs office for registration.

Depending on the declaration result, there are three specific cases:

  • Green Channel: In this case, the system automatically clears the goods and only requires declaration settlement at the export port.

  • Yellow Channel: This channel requires you to bring the paper documents to the customs office for inspection.

  • Red Channel: In this case, the customs office will inspect the paper documents and physically inspect the goods.

IV. Notes on Inspection in Pepper Seed Export Procedures

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(Pepper Phytosanitary)

For exporting pepper seeds to countries that do not require plant quarantine, businesses need to perform plant quarantine procedures according to the legal regulations on export. After that, businesses need to send the Phytosanitary Certificate to the buyer as per the signed contract. In this case, the customs authorities do not require the enterprise to submit the Phytosanitary Certificate when conducting the export procedures.

The plant quarantine registration dossier includes:

  • Plant quarantine registration form (according to the form)

  • Packing List

  • Sample of the exported pepper seed batch

The plant quarantine process is as follows:

Step 1: Register for quarantine The exporter needs to send the plant quarantine registration dossier to the plant quarantine agency.

Declare information online on the national one-door information portal.

Step 2: Sampling The owner needs to register for quarantine at least 1-2 days before bringing the goods to the port.

The plant quarantine agency conducts the sampling process. Samples can be inspected at the port or at the production plant.

Step 3: Declare information Declare information about the batch on the system to create a draft certificate.

Step 4: Supplement documents and get the certificate After checking the information on the draft certificate, the plant quarantine agency confirms or adjusts if necessary.

Supplement the necessary documents and obtain the original quarantine certificate to complete the plant quarantine process.

This provides a detailed overview of the Pepper Seed Export Procedure according to current regulations. If you or your business are experiencing difficulties in customs procedures or transportation and need assistance, feel free to contact H-Cargo for FREE and FAST advice!

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