Health Ministry prepares list at request of Vietnam Customs.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has released a list of food exempted from safety inspections when imported.
The six types on the list are food carried by visitors for private consumption, food in diplomatic bags or consular bags, temporary imports for re-export, food stored at bonded warehouses, food as samples or for research, and food to be displayed at exhibitions.
For all other types a certificate of food safety is still required.
The list came at the request of Vietnam Customs, which said it was having difficulties inspecting food imported as gifts.
Food safety inspections are still without a complete legal framework.
Inspection agencies also do not have staff overseeing express delivery services in some locations, so recipients are often required to take their package to another office to have it cleared.