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Welcome to the Lao PDR Trade Portal

This website will help traders find all the information they require to import goods into Laos and export goods from Laos.
 
Click on the links on this page to look at information about all the Ministries involved in the import/export process, the regulatory requirements specific to each commodity, the relevant laws and regulations and other useful information.
 
The Guide to Import-Export, on the right menu of this page, provides a comprehensive set of instructions and guidelines in plain language and conveniently organized by topic.    
 

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Latest Announcements

Lao PDR bans the import, export, and transit of hazardous waste
Lao PDR bans the import, export, and transit of hazardous waste

After becoming a member of Basel Convention in 2010, Lao PDR had issued an Instruction on the Management of Hazardous Waste, No. 0744/MoNRE, dated 11 February 2015 to improve understanding of public and private sector on the management of import, export, transit, maintenance, use, re-use, and disposal of hazardous waste. The Instruction is based on the Environment Protection Law No. 029NA, dated 18 December 2012 which bans the import, export, transit, contribute, maintain, use, re-use and disposal of hazardous waste in Lao PDR’s territory without permission....Read

Announcement on Enhancing Strictness on the Management and Inspection of Timber Exploitation, Timber Movement and Timber Business
Announcement on Enhancing Strictness on the Management and Inspection of Timber Exploitation, Timber Movement and Timber Business

The Prime Minister of the Lao PDR issues an Order on Enhancing Strictness on the Management and Inspection of Timber Exploitation, Timber Movement and Timber Business No. 15/PM dated 13 May 2016 which strictly ban the export of timbers exploited from natural forest of Laos. The timber for export shall be processed according to the Decision No. 2005/MoIC.DOIH. Furthermore, the Order also bans illegal wood and forestry product from aboard to transit through Lao PDR territory to third country....Read

MoIC issues an Instruction on the Guidance to use the Revised Import and Export License Form
MoIC issues an Instruction on the Guidance to use the Revised Import and Export License Form

Ministry of Industry and Commerce issues an Instruction on the Guidance to use the Revised Import and Export License Form No. 1535/DIMEX.IEM, dated 10 May 2016 to introduce the use of the revised import and export license form according to the Notification on the promulgation of the revised import-export license form No. 0472/MoIC.DIMEX, dated 10 March 2016 for the conformity use of the form nationwide....Read

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Latest News


Laos to raise food standards to Asean levels
Laos to raise food standards to Asean levels

On 19 May 2016, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GIZ to receive support for the implementation of ASEAN food standards in Lao PDR. The improvement of food standards will not only benefit to the health of Lao people but also boost Lao food to regional or international market....Read


New Philippines govt to ban private sector rice imports
New Philippines govt to ban private sector rice imports

The new Philippines government will ban private traders from importing rice and cease smuggling of the cereal into the Philippines, in order to protect local farmers. The future rice import of the Philippines tends to be in government-to-government deal....Read


TFS organized Trade Facilitation Review Meeting for 06 Northern Provinces
TFS organized Trade Facilitation Review Meeting for 06 Northern Provinces

Trade Facilitation Secretariat (TFS) organized Trade Facilitation Review meeting for 06 Northern Provinces on 19-20 May 2016 at Mittaphaph Hotel, Oudomxay Province which was co-chaired by Mme. Bansaty Thepphavong, Director-General of Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Mr. Khamphao Silisouk, Director-General of Industry and Commerce Department, Oudomxay Province. Total number of 70 participants of this meetings are representatives from Governor’s Office, Department of Industry and Commerce, Department of Customs, Department of Agricultural and Forestry, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Transportation, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and private sectors from 06 northern provinces....Read


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