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E-Commerce in Vietnam: Trends, Tax Policies & Regulatory Framework

Published: April 2015

In this issue of Vietnam Magazine, we aim to provide readers with a complete understanding of Vietnam’s e-commerce industry. We begin by highlighting existing trends in the market, paying special attention to scope for foreign investment. We then look at the most common means for online sellers to receive payment in Vietnam, and examine the industry’s tax and regulatory framework. Finally, we conclude by discussing how a foreign retailer can actually establish an online company in Vietnam.


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Using Vietnam's Free Trade & Double Tax Agreements

Published: February 2015

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing we explore how Vietnam’s Free Trade Agreements - and especially those via its membership in ASEAN - will affect foreign investment into Vietnam. We then examine the specific, bilateral Double Tax Agreements that Vietnam has enacted, and how these can be further used to minimize profits and withholding taxes that would otherwise be levied upon foreign investors. This holds true both for investors establishing a presence in the country, as well as contract manufacturers looking to outsource. Finally, we look at how Vietnam’s rules of origin are key in trade with China.


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Import and Export: A Guide to Trade in Vietnam

Published: December 2014

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine, we provide you with a clear understanding of the current business trends related to trade in Vietnam, as well as explaining how to set up your trading business in the country. We also attempt to give perspective on what will be Vietnam’s place in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015, and look at some of the country’s key import and export regulations. Finally, we analyze Vietnam’s important free trade agreements and its World Trade Organization obligations.


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Vietnam: A Guide to HR in Asia's Next Growth Market

Published: September 2014

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine, we attempt to clarify human resources (HR) and payroll processes in Vietnam. We first take you through the current trends affecting the HR landscape and then we delve into the process of hiring and paying your employees. We next look at what specific obligations an employer has to their employees. Additionally, we guide you through the often complex system of visas, work permits, and temporary residence cards. Finally, we highlight the benefits of outsourcing your payroll to a “pan-Asia” vendor.


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Developing Your Sourcing Strategy for Vietnam

Published: May 2014

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine, we attempt to clarify the decision making process involved with moving your sourcing business to Vietnam. We first take you through the important factors to consider when choosing your sourcing partner before outlining the different sourcing models that are available. Additionally, we help you to choose which sourcing model best fits your business by weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each sourcing model.


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A Guide to Understanding Vietnam's VAT

Published: February 2014

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing, we attempt to clarify the entire VAT process by taking you through an introduction as to what VAT is, who and what is liable, and how to pay it properly. We first take you through the basics of VAT in Vietnam before taking you deeper into the topic. Additionally, we provide updates on the new changes to the VAT process and explain how they will impact your business.


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Manufacturing in Vietnam to Sell to ASEAN and China

Published: September 2013

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine, we introduce our readers to manufacturing in Vietnam as a key part of their business strategy within the ASEAN region and beyond. Specifically, we explain the new ASEAN Free Trade Area, outline what foreign investors can look forward to when creating their manufacturing presence in the country, and introduce the country’s key tax points.


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Re-evaluating Your Vietnam Representative Office

Published: May 2013

This issue of Vietnam Briefing examines ROs - the processes of working with them, and the rationale for either upgrading or closing them. We explain not just how to close up your RO, but also list out the common reasons for doing so. In addition, we include detailed instructions and timelines on how long it takes to upgrade or close up shop. In conclusion, we also summarize how to set up an RO in the country for businesses looking to get started in the market.


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Annual Compliance and Audit

Published: December 2012

In Vietnam, the standard tax year is typically the calendar year, and therefore the deadline for foreign-owned entities to submit audited financial reports to the relevant authorities is March 31. These reports are generally submitted to licensing authorities, as well as the Statistical Office of the city/province where the company is located.


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Human Resources for Foreigners in Vietnam

Published: August 2012

A Vietnamese entity is permitted to recruit foreign workers in order to work as managers, executive directors and experts where local hires are not yet able to meet production and business requirements.



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