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Procedure NameProcedure for Import/Export License
Description

This procedure is used to obtain an Import License or an Export License from DIMEX/MOIC or from your nearest provincial office of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for goods for which a license is required.

Import or Export licenses can be automatic or non-automatic.  Automatic licenses will be granted in any case provided the normal statutory requirements are satisfied.  Non-automatic licenses may be granted depending on a determination made by DIMEX.  This is usually when an import quota is involved.

The procedure below is the same, except for the documents that need to be presented, for applying for an Import License or an Export License.

Please refer to Decree on Import Export No. 114 for the rules governing import and export licensing.



Note 1

The application form is a free format letter but a template is available from DIMEX. Click here to see a sample.

Note 2

The documents required to be presented in order to obtain an import or export license vary according to the product and may need to be obtained from other ministries.  Click here to check the requirement relevant to specific products or follow the links below for certain specific commodities.

  • Import of Cement for Project Use

You must submit to DIMEX an Annual Import Plan and an approval letter from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  Click here to view the procedure to obtain this document. 

  • Import of Steel for Project Use

You must submit to DIMEX an Annual Import Plan and an approval letter from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  Click here to view the procedure to obtain this document.

  • Import or Export of Diamonds

In order to​ import or export diamonds certain specific documents need to be presented to DIMEX in order to prove their origin.  These documents are listed in Decision 0224/MoIC.DIMEX.

  • Import or Export of Wood Products

In order to obtain an Export License for wood products subject to non-automatic licensing (see Notification 076/MOIC.DIMEX) it is necessary to show to DIMEX the purchase agreement, a log list, a wood concession receipt.

In order to obtain an Export License for wood products subject to automatic licensing (see Notification 076/MOIC.DIMEX)  it is necessary to show to DIMEX the purchase agreement, a Certificate of Origin issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the export stamp logbook and a log list.

In order to obtain an Import License for wood products subject to automatic licensing (see Notification 076/MOIC.DIMEX)  it is necessary to show to DIMEX an export permit from the country of origin, a Certificate of Origin issued by the relevant authority in the country of origin (e.g. MAF), a quotation and/or contract of sale documents with a product list.

  • Import of Motor Vehicles for Project Use

You must submit to DIMEX a quotation for the vehicle/s to be imported and a permit obtained from the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Click here to view the procedure to obtain this document.

  • Import of Petroleum Products for Project Use

You must submit to DIMEX an approval letter from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  Click here to view the procedure to obtain this document.  You must also submit an import log book or certificate from the border control officer that shows the importations made against the import plan.  In the case of import for project use it is not necessary to submit a Tax Certificate.

  • Import of Gas Products for Project Use

You must submit to DIMEX an approval letter from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  Click here to view the procedure to obtain this document.  You must also submit an import log book or certificate from the border control officer that shows the importations made against the import plan.  In the case of import for project use it is not necessary to submit a Tax Certificate.

Note 3

The Import License form must be purchased by paying a fee of KIP 10,000 to the Finance Division of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Note 4

The format of the Import License varies according to the product.

Note 5

The trader can proceed with the normal import or export procedure.

Click here to view the Import Procedure applicable at Thanaleng or here to view the general Import Procedure applicable at all other border stations.

Click here to view the Export Procedure applicable at Thanaleng or here to view the general Export Procedure applicable at all other border stations.

 

CategoryImport/Export

The following form/s are used in this procedure
TitleDescriptionCreated DateUpdated DateIssued ByDownload
This form is used to request for Import License at Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce.25-01-201213-02-2017Ministry of Industry and CommerceThis is Dowload File
This procedure applies to the following measure/s:
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity To
Requirement to obtain an import license - Logs, trunks, etc.Licensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceImported Logs, trunks, barks and transformed timber shall be obtained an import license from DIMEX, MOICFor statistical purpose Decision on the Procedure for Timber Import No. 0451/MOIC.DIMEX31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain an import license - Unmilled rice, etc.Licensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceUnmilled rice, low standard rice, premium rice, semi-milled or fully milled rice whether filtering or not. This license is obtained from the Provincial Office of MOIC.For statistical purposeDecision on the Procedures for Rice Import and Export in the Lao PDR No. 0452/MOIC.DIMEX31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain import license - Steel bars and transformed steelLicensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceSteel bars and transformed steel This license is obtained from the Provincial Office of MOIC.For statistical purpose Decision on the Procedures for Steel and Cement import and distribution No. 0450/MOIC.DIMEX 31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain an import license - Cement, mortar and concreteLicensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceCement, mortar, concrete. This license is obtained from the Provincial Office of MOIC.For statistical purpose Decision on the Procedures for Steel and Cement import and distribution No. 0450/MOIC.DIMEX 31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain automatic export license - Logs, trunks, timber, etc.Licensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceLogs, trunk, bark, transformed timber and semi-finished timber from plantations (as indicated Annex 1 and 2 of Decision on Timber Product No. 2005/MoIC. DoIH, dated 28 September 2015) shall be obtained an export license from Provincial Department of Industry and Commerce according to the certificate of timber source issued by Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry.For monitoring the conformity of the implementation the Chain of Custody System (CoC). And to administrate and monitor the exporting timber business to comply with issued regulations, aims to protect forest resource abundantlyNotification on the licensing procedure of the import and export of planted timbers No.1791/MoIC.DIMEX31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain automatic export license - Unmilled rice, etc.Licensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceUnmilled rice, low standard rice, premium rice, semi-milled or fully milled rice whether filtering or not. This license is obtained from the Provincial Office of MOIC.For statistical purpose Decision on the Procedures for Rice Import and Export in the Lao PDR No. 0452/MOIC.DIMEX31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain non-automatic export license - Semi-finished timberLicensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceSemi-finished timber (as indicated Annex 2 of Decision on Timber Product No. 2005/MoIC. DoIH, dated 28 September 2015) from natural forest shall be presented its application to DIMEX to report the government to be considered and agreed to allow the exportation, then the government will forward its approval to Department of Industry and Commerce. Then DIMEX will send its official letter attached with the approval to Provincial, Capital Department of Industry and Commerce to issue export licenseFor monitoring the conformity of the implementation the Chain of Custody System (CoC). And to administrate and monitor the exporting timber business to comply with issued regulations, aims to protect forest resource abundantlyAdditional instruction on semi wood products for export no. 2156/MOIC.DIMEX, dated 19 October 201531-12-9999
Requirement to obtain Import License - Steel (Project use)Licensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceIn order to import steel (project use) with tariff reduction or exemption, first it is necessary to be approved master plan of importing product by relevant ministries, then concerned ministries will send approved master plan to Ministry of Finance (Customs Department) to approve the policy on tariff reduction or exemption of master plan. Finally, Provincial and Capital Department of Industry and Commerce will issue an import license based on the mentioned approval.To manage the use of goods and materials imported for investment project and for investment promotionFinance Ministerial Instruction on implementation of policy on duty and taxes according to investment promotion No. 3578/MoF31-12-9999
Requirement to obtain Export License - Rough DiamondsLicensing RequirementMinistry of Industry and CommerceTo export rough diamonds an export license is required and it is obtainable from MOIC/DIMEX.For the management and monitoring and comply with KP Organization's ruleDecision on the Import and Export of Rough Diamond, No. 0224/MoIC.DIMEX, dated 8 February 201631-12-9999
Vehicle Temporary Import License FeeDuty/Tax PayableMinistry of Industry and CommerceVehicle Temporary Import License Fee of 10,000 KipFor technical management and to support expenditure of state budgetEdict on Fees and Service Charges No. 003/PO (Article 1 - 64)31-12-9999