Gateway to international timbertrade

Viet Nam

Forest resources


According to the MARD (2020), Viet Nam has around 14.6 million hectares (ha) of forested land, which constitutes 41.89% of the country’s total land area. Around 10.29 million ha are primary or otherwise naturally regenerated forests, and around 4.3 million ha are planted forests.

Viet Nam’s forests are rich with resources and biodiversity, including many endemic species. The forest ecosystems of Viet Nam can be divided in the following biological groups: (1) Tropical evergreen rainforests with a dense vegetation and rich biodiversity; (2) evergreen forests on limestone mountains, holding the characteristic indigenous flora of northern Viet Nam and southern China; (3) deciduous forests suffering a long dry season, and dominated by Dipterocarp tree species; (4) mangrove forests along the coasts; (5) tropical semi-deciduous moist forests in mountainous areas with high rainfall, but with a dry season of 1 to 3 months; (6) natural coniferous forests in mountainous areas; (7) Melaleuca forests in areas with frequent waterlogged conditions, mainly in the Mekong River delta; and (8) bamboo forests (VNFOREST, 2013).

The area distribution per type of forest products is the following: (1) Timber forest (8,9 million ha); (2) Bamboo forest (0,24 million ha); (3) Areca (palm and coconut tree) forest (0,004 million ha); and (4) Mixed forest, of timber and bamboo (1,14 million ha) (MARD, 2018/2020).

In terms of ownership and management, the current Vietnamese forest area is:

  • 58.7% publicly owned: 20.6% is managed by protection forest management boards, 20.5% by Communal People’s Committees (PC), 14.7% by special use forest management boards, 1.4% by armed forces, 1.4% by Science & Technology, and Education & Training organizations, and 0.1% by FDI (foreign direct investment) enterprises; and
  • 41.3% privately owned: 20.8% by domestic households and individuals, 12.1% by economic organizations, and 8.3% by residential communities (MARD 2020).

Forests in Viet Nam are categorized into three main categories:

  1. production forests (53.4%), including both natural forests and forest plantations;
  2. protection forests (31.8%), mainly for protection of water sources, soils, and environment; and
  3. special use forests (14.8%), mainly protected areas such as national parks and nature conservation areas (MARD, 2020).

Viet Nam is among the few “good examples of restoration successes” where forest cover has significantly increased as a result of government-led forest policies or initiatives (FAO, State of the World's Forests 2020).

Production and export

Wood sourced from Vietnamese forests mostly originates from plantations, because of the logging and export bans that are in place. According to MARD (2019) the Vietnamese “mass” plantation forests (i.e. not including scattered trees) produced about 16 million m3 of logs in 2019, which is mainly used for processing by the domestic industry. Species most commonly used in forest plantations are Acacia (Acacia spp.) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.) (VIFOREST, 2019).

The wood-processing industry, in 2019, in total used about 46 million m3 of timber in roundwood equivalent (RWE) volume, including about 10 million m3  for the domestic market and 36 million m3 for export markets (VIFOREST and FPA Binh Dinh, 2020).

Viet Nam, therefore, is a net importer of timber and mostly a “processing” country for the export sector. As a result, Viet Nam’s wood processing sector is highly dependent on imported materials from a large number of sources. In 2019, Vietnam imported timber and timber products for a value of about USD 2.55 billion (Vietnam Customs) from mainly China (26%), African countries (19%), the US (13%) and the EU (11%).

Viet Nam's wood processing industry is particularly known for production and export of high-end wood products, particularly furniture. Viet Nam is one of the world's largest exporting countries of timber and timber products, with exports valued at USD 10.3 billion in 2019, of which the exports of primary timber products were “only” valued at USD 3.4 billion. The main destination markets for the exports of wood products (all products, except furniture and pulp and paper products) are the USA (50%), Japan (12%) and China (12%)

Viet Nam has about 4,500 wood processing enterprises that are involved in export, of which 95% are privately owned and 5% are state owned. Of these enterprises 93% are small or very small, 5.5% are medium, and 1.5% big (Source: same as above). The relatively low-cost labour force and the favourable environment for foreign investment are the main competitive advantages of the Vietnamese industry.

Besides furniture the main export products of the Vietnamese wood product industries are wood chips and paper, with Viet Nam being one of the biggest wood chip exporting countries of the world. The main destination markets for the exports of wood chips are China (57%) and Japan (30%), totalling 12 million Bone Dry Tons (BDT) in 2019 (VIFOREST, FPA BD, HAWA, BIFA & Vietnam Customs, 2020).

Timber products are exported from Viet Nam in a number of ways:

  1. Directly by timber processors, to overseas retailers or importers.
  2. By processors through traders in Viet Nam with links to external markets.
  3. By processors to overseas companies operating in Viet Nam who then export the products (TFT, 2014).

Viet Nam has a number of ports, but the biggest ports from North to South are:

  1. Cai Lan in Quang Ninh Province
  2. Hai Phong (Hai Phong Province), Viet Nam's most important seaport in the North
  3. Da Nang (Da Nang City), towards the middle of Viet Nam
  4. Dung Quat in Quang Ngai Province
  5. Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh Province
  6. Cat Lai in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam's biggest seaport
  7. Thi Vai-Cai Mep in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and
  8. Can Tho (Can Tho Province).

 

Sources of information

Legality framework


Forest governance

At the national level, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is responsible for management of forest resources through the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST). The VNFOREST’s Head Office covers several departments:

  • Inspection and Legislation
  • Forestry Production Development
  • Forest Development
  • Special-use and Protection Forests Management
  • Science, Technology and International Cooperation
  • Financial Planning
  • Vietnam CITES Management Authority
  • Forest Protection

National parks (Bach Ma, Ba Vi, Cuc Phuong, Tam Dao, Cat Tien, Yok Don)

Legal rights to harvest

Parties harvesting timber in Viet Nam must hold a valid land use title. The most important user groups entitled to harvest timber in Viet Nam are ‘State companies’ and ‘Households’, although a significant part of the national forest area is managed directly by communal People’s Committees (PC) – the lowest level of state administration in the country.

Circular 28 (MARD, 2018) specifies the requirements for the preparation of sustainable forest management (SFM) plans for three types of forests (special use forests, protection forests and production forests) based on the following 7 principles, each of them developed into criteria and indicators in Appendix I of the Circular:

  • Forest owners comply with laws and international treaties to which Vietnam is a party
  • Forest owners respect the rights of local communities and people
  • Forest owners ensure rights and working conditions of laborers
  • Sustainable forest management, protection, development and use
  • Environmental management and protection in forestry activities
  • Maintain, preserve and enhance biodiversity
  • Forests are observed, monitored and evaluated according to SFM plans

With regards to peoples’ rights, Circular 28 is applicable to forest areas that are home to many ethnic minorities (EM) peoples. It covers key technical guidance, including requirements for respecting and providing development opportunities for EM peoples during project preparation and implementation – in a way that is culturally appropriate to them. The circular expects that no direct adverse effect is caused to EM peoples. The Climate Change and Green Growth Development Policy Financing – PSIA 22 also enhances the position of EM peoples in forestry projects through meaningful consultation with, and participation of EM peoples throughout project life (World Bank 2019).

Recommended good practice for forest owners include:

  • Consultations with EM peoples in their own language, whenever possible, and in a culturally appropriate manner. Consultations should be with high-profile local people, such as opinion leaders, in addition to the community; and at different key project milestones during project cycle.
  • EM peoples are well-informed on topics and timings of meetings.
  • Disclosure of (both positive and adverse) potential effects of the Project during project preparation, in a way that is fully understandable to EM peoples.
  • Development activities that aim to benefit EM peoples, i.e. built on their real needs.
  • Grievance mechanism in place: using a traditional system which EM peoples may prefer.
  • Independent monitoring consultant who is engaged in monitoring the project activities, particularly those that potentially affect EM peoples

Findings from an independent report incorporated into project implementation, and shared in annual meeting with provincial DARD (World Bank 2019).

Taxes and fees

No fees or royalties based on forest area or timber volume exist as part of the Vietnamese forest/timber sector taxation system. Companies are only liable to paying value-added tax (VAT). Certain categories of products, however, are subject to export taxes, such as logs and sawnwood (25%), hoopwood, split poles and piles (5%), parquet flooring (5%), railway sleepers (20%), veneer (10%), wood charcoal (5-10%), and wood chips (2%) (Source: Viet Nam Customs).

Timber harvesting activities

There is currently a logging ban in place for all natural, protected and special purpose forests (not plantations), which prevents all logging apart from logging in planted forests, and with the exceptions of ‘salvage’ and ‘sanitation’ harvesting in both natural and planted forests.

‘Salvage harvesting’ of forest products under Vietnamese Forestry Law covers three cases:

  1. Implementation of silvicultural measures aiming to recover economic value that would otherwise be lost, in forest areas that have been damaged by wildfire, flood, severe wind, disease, insect infestation, or other natural disturbances.
  2. Collection of specimens of forest plants for scientific research purposes.
  3. Harvesting in an area where “forest repurposing” (meaning forestland conversion through ground clearance for approved building works, like an hydropower project) is carried out. Note: The term “conversion” is used in Vietnam for the conversion of a reserve or protection forests to production forests (MARD, Circular 24/2009/TT-BNN of 5 May 2009).

 

Sanitation’ harvesting aims to remove trees or plants that have fallen or are dying from natural causes or disasters, in order to minimize the risks of a disease or pest, or any fire, spreading to other nearby trees.

Previous regulations on the harvesting of timber were abolished by the Circular 27/2018/TT-BNNPTNT (16/11/2018) and the new procedures for timber harvesting activities (as per Articles 8 to 15 of this Circular) are as follows:

  • For ‘salvage harvesting’ of ordinary plant species in natural forests (Article 8), including timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs):
  1. Harvesting documents must include:
    1. A copy of the decision on forest “repurposing” (see above) or copy of the silviculture project or scientific research program/project that has been approved
    2. The original report on location, area and volume of forest products to be harvested (using Form No. 07, Report on location, area and volume of forest products harvested).
  2. Before harvesting: the forest owner or harvester (in case the harvester is not the forest owner) shall submit the documents specified in Clause 1 of this Article (above), directly or by post, (i) to the Forest Protection Sub-department of the province where the harvesting is carried out if the forest owner is an organization, or (ii) to the local forest protection authority if the forest owner is an individual.
  3. After harvesting: the forest product owner shall make a Packing list of forest products and request the local forest protection authority to certify it.
  • For ‘sanitation harvesting’ of wood of some ordinary plant species in natural forests (Article 9):
    1. Harvesting document: an original ‘Sanitation harvesting plan’ (using Form No. 08, Plan for harvesting and salvage harvesting/sanitation harvesting).
    2. Before harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 2 above.
    3. After harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 3 above.
  • For the harvesting of non-wood forest plants and derivatives [NTFPs] of ordinary forest plants from natural forests (Article 10):
    1. Harvesting document: same as per Article 8, Point 1 (b) above.
    2. Before harvesting: the forest owner shall submit the document specified in Clause 1 of this Article, directly or by post, to the local forest protection authority.
    3. After harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 3 above.
  • For ‘main harvesting’ of wood in publicly owned planted forests (Article 12):
  1. Harvesting document: a harvesting plan (Form No. 08, as above).
  2. Before harvesting: the forest owner or harvester (in case the harvester is not the forest owner) shall submit the document specified in Clause 1 of this Article, directly or by post, to the authority that has the power to approve the capital for forest planting and local forest protection authority.
  3. After harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 3 above.
  • For ‘salvage harvesting’ of wood in planted forests whose ownership is represented by the State (Article 13)
  1. Harvesting documents: same as per Article 8, Point 1 above.
  2. Before harvesting: same as per Article 12, Point 2 above.
  3. After harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 3 above.
  • For ‘sanitation harvesting’ of wood in planted forests whose ownership is represented by the State (Article 14)
  1. Harvesting document: same as per Article 8, Point 1 (b) above.
  2. Before harvesting: same as per Article 12 above.
  3. After harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 3 above.
  • For the ‘main harvesting’ of wood in privately owned planted forests, or of scattered trees, including those planted under the State’s assistance policies or projects; and of non-wood forest plants and derivatives of forest plants [NTFPs] (Article 15).
  1. Procedure: the forest owner shall decide on the harvesting himself/herself.
  2. After harvesting: same as per Article 8, Point 3 above.

 

Main requirements regarding harvesting activities:

  • Rules for wood product marking and numbering apply to round wood (HS 4403) and sawn wood (HS 4407, i.e. pieces over 01 m long, 20 cm wide, and 05 cm thick) (Circular 27, 2018, Art.4);

Environmental requirements: (i) A decision approving the Environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for clearcutting projects of 200 ha or more; or (ii) An Environmental protection plan for clearcutting projects of less than 200 ha (Decree 18, 2015).

Third parties' rights

There are no specific legal documents that must be used in Vietnam in relation to customary rights or indigenous people’s rights. Forest-related issues, when they occur, are solved by local governments on the basis of regulations or laws such as the Land Law, and the Law on Forestry.

Trade and transport

The new ‘Regulations on the management and traceability for the origin of forest products (Circular 27,2018) provides for the constitution of different “dossiers” (sets of documents) according to the origin and destination of the forest products, which includes:

(1) Forest product origin dossiers;

(2) Dossiers for local trade and transport of forest products;

(3) Dossiers for export or transit of forest products;

(4) Forest product dossiers prepared by forest product processing or storage facilities.

As part of these provisions, two important documents are the ‘Packing list of forest products’ and the ‘Forest product entry and exit book’ (see below in ‘Key documents’).

A ‘forest product origin dossier’ includes: an original packing list certified by a local forest protection authority; a copy of the decision on forest “repurposing” (see above) or copy of the silvicultural project or scientific research program/project that has been approved (where applies); and an original report on location, area and volume of forest products to be harvested).

In particular, the required documentation for local trade and transport of forest products includes:

  • A dossier on timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) harvested in either natural forests or planted forests and not having undergone any processing, which  consists of:
    (1) An original packing list made by the forest product owner; and
    (2) A copy of the forest product origin dossier of the seller;
  • A dossier on imported timber and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) not having undergone any processing includes:
    (1) An original packing list made by the imported forest product owner;
    (2) A copy of the forest product origin dossier of the seller;
    (3) Compulsory documentation for imported forest products to Vietnam for forest products transported from the border checkpoint of import to the warehouse of the importer (as per Circular no 27), which consists of:
  • Customs declaration according to current regulations;
  • The original of the forest product packing list (Packing-list) issued by the forest owner or the foreign organization or individual exporting the forest products [i.e. the Exporter];
  • Copy of the CITES import permit issued by the Vietnam CITES Management Authority, for forest products that are listed in the CITES Appendices (where applies);
  • Documents about the origin of forest products, where applies in accordance with the regulations of the exporting country.

It is important to note that for due diligence / due care purposes under international timber regulations (like the EU TR) on further processed and re-exported products in and from Vietnam, there is no specific legal obligation for Vietnamese importers to prove or ensure that the imported forest products were legally harvested and produced, and are traceable back to, where the trees grew and the wood was harvested.  

 

In order to meet customer’s requirements (like for EUTR due diligence) and country-specific regulations, these dossiers may also include other common documents such as: purchase contract, commercial invoice, phytosanitary certificates, FSC / PEFC certificates, fumigation certificate, bill of lading, certificate of origin, timber traceability lists, timber supplier lists, etc.

Key documents

The below listed key documents are based on the applicable legislation and are considered to play a key role in demonstrating legal origin.

Harvesting

Endorsement by a Local ranger in a local Forest Protection Department (FPD) under VNFOREST
The forest product entry and exit book is prepared by enterprises / households using Form No.11 (Circular 27, 2018) managing processing, trade or storing facilities. Every organization shall maintain a physical or electronic entry and exit book and specify all information in the book after entry or exit of forest products. (Form 11).
The provincial Forest Protection Sub-department or the local forest protection authority (See Timber harvesting activities)
A document that is required for salvage harvesting (Circular 27, 2018, Art. 8) and for the harvesting of non-wood forest products (Art. 10), both in natural forests, and for salvage (Art. 13) and sanitation (Art. 14) harvesting, both in state-owned planted forests. It is prepared by the Forest owner / Harvester before harvesting.
The provincial Forest Protection Sub-department or the local forest protection authority (See Timber harvesting activities)
A document that is required for ‘sanitation harvesting’ of wood in natural forests (Circular 27, 2018, Art. 9) and for 'main harvesting’ of wood in state-owned planted forests. It is prepared by the Forest owner before harvesting.

Processing and Trade

-
This is the shipment list issued by the shipping company and signed by the captain of the vessel. Examples are provided for both import and export.
Provincial Business Registration Division
Legal registration of the business. The example provided contains 7 empty forms in Vietnamese (Phụ lục IV-1 to 7), with an indication of what each form refers to.
This is to be completed by the selling party and needs to follow the regulations of the Ministry of Finance, including the company's Tax code. An official template in English, only for export markets, is provided.
Endorsement by a residential forest ranger
The format applies to all organizations and has to be completed by the selling party. The empty forms provided in English are applicable for exports.
Endorsement by a Local ranger or a Communal people’s committee
A packing list shall be prepared by the forest product owner: after the harvesting, when trading in or transporting forest products at one time and on the same vehicle; when preparing the application for issuance of a permit to export forest products (CITES, specific cases). The packing list shall be made using the Forms No. 01 (round wood, sawn wood), No. 02 (processed wood products), and No. 03 (non-wood forest plants and their derivatives) in English format (Circular 27, 2018). Note: These forms will be replaced with new ones in the future VNTLAS Decree expected by the third quarter of 2020.
-
This is to be completed by the selling party. Examples of contracts used by a particular company are provided: pp.1 to 4, a bilingual 'SALE CONTRACT' template - pp.5 to 9, a 'SALES CONTRACT for FSC 100% Acacia round logs' in English - pp.10 to 11, a bilingual 'APPENDIX CONTRACT' template for "Adjustment of contract volume" - pp.12 to 14, a bilingual template for 'MINUTES OF CONTRACT LIQUIDATION'.
-
This is to be completed by the selling party and needs to follow the regulations of the Ministry of Finance, including the company's Tax code. Empty official forms and templates are provided in Vietnamese, only for the domestic market, with indications in English of what each one (3.1, 3.2, 5.1 to 5.6) refers to.

Bans and quota

A general logging ban is currently in place for all natural, protected and special purpose forests. This ban is not applicable for non-commercial harvesting activities by households, individuals and rural communities.

An export ban is also in place covering logs and sawn wood from domestic natural forests (not plantations).

Cites and protected species

Some tree species from Viet Nam are listed on the CITES Appendix I and II.

Organizations and individuals who are involved in processing and trading in these species for commercial purposes must comply with the following regulations (Decree No. 06/2019/ND-CP).

Appendix 1A includes endangered wildlife species, banned from export, import, re-export, entry from the sea and transit of specimens from nature for commercial purposes (no common names are available for these species in English in the ‘Nomenclature Générale des Bois Tropicaux’, ATIBT 2016):

  • Vân sam fan si pang – Fansipan fir (Abies delavayi subsp. Fansipanensis),
  • Sa mộc dầu - San-Mu (Cunninghamia konishii),
  • Hoàng đàn hữu liên - (Cupressus tonkinensis),
  • Thông nước – Chinese Swamp Cypress (Glyptostrobus pensilis)
  • Du sam đá vôi - (Keteleeria davidiana),
  • Bách đài loan – Taiwania (Taiwania cryptomerioides), and
  • Bách vàng – Vietnamese golden cypress (Xanthocyparis vietnamensis).

Appendix 2B contains wildlife species that are not currently threatened with extinction but are likely to become extinct if export, import, re-export, entry from the sea and transit of specimens of these species from nature for commercial purposes which is not controlled:

  • Bách xanh núi đá - (Calocedrus rupestris),
  • Bách xanh – Chinese Incense-cedar (Calocedrus macrolepis),
  • Pơ mu – Fujian Cypress (Fokienia hodginsii);
  • Thông đỏ lá ngắn – Chinese yew (Taxus chinensis),
  • Thông đỏ lá dài – Himalayan yew (Taxus wallichiana),
  • Đỉnh tùng (Phỉ ba mũi) – Mann’s Yew Plum (Cephalotaxus mannii),
  • Thông tre lá ngắn – Tung (Podocarpus pilgeri),
  • Thông xuân nha - (Pinus cernua),
  • Thông Đà Lạt – Dalat Pine (Pinus dalatensis),
  • Thông lá dẹt – Krempf’s Pine (Pinus krempfii),
  • Thông Pà cò (Pinus kwangtungensis),
  • Thông hai lá quá nhỏ - (Pinus kwangshanensis),
  • Thiết sam giả lá ngắn - (Pseudotsuga brevifolia),
  • Mun sọc – (Diospyros salletii),
  • Mun – Mun (Diospyros mun);
  • Đinh - (Fernandoa spp.)
  • Gõ đỏ (Cà te) – Go Do/ Go To Té/ Makamong (Afzelia xylocarpa),
  • Gụ mật (Gõ mật) - Sepetir (Sindora siamensis),
  • Gụ lau - (Sindora tonkinensis),
  • Cẩm lai Bà Rịa – Burmese Rosewood/ Tamalan (Dalbergia oliveri),
  • Giáng hương quả to – Burma Padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus),
  • Lim xanh – Lim (Erythrophloeum fordii),
  • Trắc – Thailand Rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis),
  • Trắc dây - (Dalbergia rimosa),
  • Sưa - (Dalbergia tonkinensis),
  • Gù hương (Quế balansa) - (Cinnamomum balansae),
  • Re xanh phấn - Ré (Cinnamomum glaucescens),
  • Vù hương (Xá xị, Re hương) - Selasian wood (Cinnamomum parthenoxylon) and
  • Nghiến - Nghien (Excentrodendron tonkinense).

National action on timber legality

Viet Nam and the EU initiated negotiations towards a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in November 2010 and, on 11 May 2017, formally concluded their negotiations by initialling the document. On 19 October 2018, Vietnam and the EU signed the VPA, which was to be effective as of 01 June 2019. The VPA has 9 annexes (EFI, 2015):

  1. Product Coverage
  2. Vietnam timber legality definition
  3. Conditions governing the release for free circulation in the Union of timber products exported from Vietnam and covered by a FLEGT license
  4. FLEGT licensing scheme
  5. Vietnam timber legality assurance system (VNTLAS). The TLAS details technical information on the timber legality verification mechanisms and the timber supply chain controls
  6. Terms of reference for the independent evaluation
  7. Criteria for assessment of the operational readiness of the Vietnam timber legality assurance system
  8. Public disclosure of information
  9. Functions of the joint implementation committee

Vietnam is now in the VPA implementation phase and expects to issue FLEGT licenses in 2021 (VNFOREST 2020).

Third party certification

As of May 2020, 250,061 ha of Vietnamese plantation forests were covered by an FSC FM certificate (from 231,546 ha in March 2018), divided between 116 FSC FM/COC certificate holders. Note: The Government had previously allowed the pilot implementation of FSC forest certification for two natural forest areas, however it has now closed all natural forests (See logging ban). Accordingly, the FSC certificates of the two units have also been cancelled on the FSC website.

As of May 2020, 954 Vietnamese enterprises had an FSC CoC certificate, and 12 others had a PEFC CoC certificate (PEFC, May 2020).

Another certification initiative under development is the national Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS), with currently 11,423 ha of the Vietnam Rubber Group JSC certified by the GFA Consulting Group (Germany).

Sources of information

Contacts

Binh Duong Furniture Association (BIFA)
11th Floor, Becamex Tower, 230 Ave. Binh Duong, Phu Hoa Ward, Thu Dau Mot City, Binh Duong Province

Tel: +84 0274 2222 459
BIFA has about 300 members representing wood industries - primarily manufacturers of furniture in Binh Duong Province, in the southern region of Vietnam.
Dong Nai Wood and Crafts Association (DOWA)
No 129 Ha Huy Giap, Quyet Thang Ward, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province
DOWA has about 100 members representing wood industries - primarily manufacturers of furniture in Dong Nai Province, in the southern region of Vietnam.
Earthworm (TFT) – Viet Nam
Room 702, Number 341 – 343, Dien Bien Phu Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)8 351 22538
Earthworm (formerly TFT) is a global NGO that helps businesses bring responsible products to market. Earthworm helps members worldwide build responsible supply chains by identifying and addressing embedded social and environmental issues.
Forest Products Association of Binh Dinh (FPA BINH DINH, or FPA BD)
4th Floor, Phu Tai Building, No 278 Nguyen Thi Dinh, Qui Nhon City, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)2563946740
FPA BD has 95,115 members, operating in the wood processing industry, timber import and timber products export, and in supply of equipment for wood processing.
Forest Protection Department (FPD)
No 2, Ngoc Ha Street, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi, Viet Nam
The FPD, under VNFOREST, performs the function of advising and assisting the VNFOREST Director General in implementing state management on forest protection, and ensuring legal enforcement on forest protection, development and forest product management under the management scope of VNFOREST. The FPD is also responsible for the issuance of CITES licenses for domestic timber.
GIZ Viet Nam
GIZ Hanoi Office, 6th Floor, Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0) 24 39 34 49 51 +84 (0) 24 39 34 49 50
The German cooperation agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) has been working in Viet Nam for more than 20 years, with a current staff of 181 national and 28 international employees, seven integrated specialists and 17 development workers.
Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA)
No. 185 Ly Chinh Thanh, Ward 7, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)835264020
HAWA has about 450 members representing wood industries - primarily manufacturers of furniture and handicraft - in the southern region of Vietnam.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
Forest Protection Department
A3 Building, No.2 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)2438 48 99 74
MARD is the Government body that performs the function of state management of the following branches and domains: agriculture, forestry, salt production, fisheries, irrigation, natural disaster prevention and control, rural development; public services.
Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT)
54 Hai Ba Trung Str, Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)24 22202210
MOIT is the Government body that performs the function of state management in the area of industry and commerce.
NEPCON
Loyal Building, 151 Vo Thi Sau,
Ward 6, District 3
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
NEPCon is a non-for-profit, forest consulting and services firm with an office in Viet Nam. NEPCon specializes in certification and timber legality. It also has developed ‘Timber risk profiles’ for selected timber producing countries.
TRAFFIC Vietnam
Greater Mekong Office, Room 203, Building 2G, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound, 298 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0) 4 3726 5023
TRAFFIC is a leading NGO working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST)
No 2, Ngoc Ha Street, Ba Dinh District
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (4) 38438792
VNFOREST is an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). VNFOREST performs the function of advising and assisting MARD in state management activities on forestry in the country, and managing and service activities under the VNFOREST management scope.
Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
No.9, Dao Duy Anh Street, Dong Da District
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (0)2435743985
The VCCI represents the interests of the business community in Viet Nam and trade promotion.
Viet Nam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFOREST)
No. 189 Thanh Nhan Hai Ba Trung,
Hanoi, Viet Nam
Tel: +84 (4) 37833016
VIFOREST is the trade group composed of manufacturers, processors, and traders who work in all forestry areas in Viet Nam, including forestation, logging, processing, import-export and distribution of timber forest products. The organization represents the Vietnamese timber business community and aims to strengthen industry development.
Viet Nam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE)
20 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Ba Dinh Dist.
Hanoi, Viet Nam

Tel: +84 (4) 39347628
VIETRADE is the governmental organization that under MOIT is responsible for state regulation of trade and investment promotion for the development of industry and trade.
WWF GFTN Viet Nam
No. 6, Lane 18, Nguyen Co Thach, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Tel: +84 2437193049
GFTN-Vietnam is the Vietnamese chapter of WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN). The GFTN is WWF's initiative to eliminate illegal logging and improve the management of valuable and threatened forests.

Review

If you have additional information, or if you find incorrect, contradictory or outdated information, please let us know. This will enable us to improve the quality of the information on this site. Your information will be carefully evaluated and processed in the published information, where appropriate. Submit your comments here:

 

Name:*
Email address:*
Review:*
Please enter code:*
Captcha