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Vietnam signed a fairly comprehensive bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with the United States in 2000. It came into force in 2001. The BTA was part of the post-war "trade normalisation" process between the two countries and should be seen as strong precursor to a watertight US FTA. In June 2007, Hanoi and Washington signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, yet another step towards a possible FTA. And in December 2008, the two governments began negotiating a hardcore bilateral investment treaty (BIT), yet another.

In January 2007, Hanoi and Tokyo began talks towards a Japan-Vietnam deal, which was finally signed in December 2008. Shortly after, Vietnam began talks with Chile, with the FTA signed in 2011. Hanoi already signed an FTA with Israel back in 2004 and may join the TPP. It is also intending to negotiate FTAs with EFTA, Russia and Mexico

As a member of ASEAN, Vietnam is caught up in the bloc’s regional FTA dealings with Korea, the EU, China, Japan and India. The Vietnamese government has also signed a number of bilateral intellectual property and science & technology agreements with industrialised countries, as well as more than 30 BITs.

last update: May 2012


Lao farm products to enjoy tariff exemptions
The farm products comprise crops and livestock as well as home-grown products.
Can Vietnam take full advantage of preferences in VN-EAEU FTA?
With the free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union) having taken effect, many Vietnamese export items now enjoy a zero percent tariff. However, it will be not an easy task to boost exports.
VN-EAEU FTA slashes import taxes
Import tax rate of 4,959 tariff lines dropped to zero from October 5, 2016, the date the Việt Nam-EAEU FTA came into effect, until December 31, 2017.
Vietnamese PM called for PTA, FTA with Iran
Iran President Rouhani met with Vietnam PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and discussed the ways to enact the bilateral agreements signed and to broaden the areas of cooperation.
New tariff for VJEPA available
Viet Nam’s new import tariff, part of the Viet Nam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA) for 2016-19, has come into force.
Revisions needed in IP compliance
Revision of the legal framework on intellectual property is recommended to ensure compliance with the EU – Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement.
SMEs need support to benefit from free trade pacts
Domestic small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need close co-operation from public offices in getting information about regulations of free trade agreements (FTAs) for getting more benefits from the agreements.
Trade-friendly Vietnam now offers far more than just low-cost labor
Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council explains why foreign investors are interested in Vietnam
Pact on free trade between Viet Nam, S Korea takes effect
The RoK projects are mainly poured into industrial processing and manufacturing, real estate, retail and wholesale, and construction, with total investment exceeding $5 billion.
L’accord de libre-échange Vietnam-R​. de Corée entre en vigueur
Les investissements​ de la Corée concernent principalement la transformation et la fabrication industrielle, l’immobilier, la vente au détail et en gros, et la construction, avec une somme totale de plus de 5 milliards de dollars.