Vietnam Government issued Decree No. 154/2016 / ND-CP on environmental protection charges for waste water is 10% non-VAT clean water selling price of 1 m3.

Rates of charges

1. For daily-life waste water, the environmental protection charge rates is 10% non-VAT selling price of 1 m3  (one cubic meter) of clean water. 

2. For daily-life waste water discharged from organizations and households which exploit by themselves water for use (except for households in localities where exists no clean water supply systems), the charge is determined by average amount of water used per person in communes, wards, townships  and selling price of 1 m3  (one cubic meter) of clean water.

3. The environmental protection charge rates applicable to industrial waste water are calculated as follows:

F = f + C, of which:

F means the payable charge;

f means the fixed charge 1,500,000 dong per year;

 C means the altering charge, calculated as follows: Total water volume discharged; Pollution index levels as follow:

ItemNo               Pollution substance calculated charge                    Charge ( VND/ kg)

1                        Chemical oxygen demand (COD)                                2.000

2                        Total suspended solids (TSS)                                     2.400

3                        Mercury (Hg)                                                             20.000.000

4                        Lead (Pb)                                                                  10.000.000

5                       Arsenic (As)                                                               2.000.000

6                       Cadmium (Cd)                                                            2.000.000

 Fees determination

1.  Daily-life waste water:

The charge payable (VND) = Volume of clean water use (m3) x selling price of clean water (VND / m3) x Rates of charges

2. Industrial waste water:

Environmental protection charge for industrial wastewater payable (VND) = amount of waste water discharged (m3) x content of pollutants in waste water (mg / l) x 10-3 x charge rates for industrial wastewater (VND / kg)

This Decree takes effect on 01 Jan 2017.


Workshop on Introducing the Advanced Technology of Water Supply

On June 17th, 2015, in Hue City, Vietnam, HueWACO and Yokohama Waterworks Bureau cohosted the “Workshop on Introducing the Advanced Technology of Water Supply” for the “Vietnam-Yokohama Safety Water Supply Management Project” under the JICA partnership program to present and share the advanced waterworks technologies of Private Companies in Vietnam and Japan.

“Vietnam-Yokohama Safety Water Supply Management Project” was conceived by HueWACO and Yokohama Waterworks Bureau, to accelerate the “Water Business Network” among Japanese and Vietnamese partners through the examination and introduction of practical waterworks technologies initiative presented by the Yokohama Water Business Conference and Yokohama Waterworks Bureau for better water supply management of the water supply companies in Vietnam.

It was the first nation widely demonstration in Hue City, to present and share the advanced waterworks technologies of four private companies of Yokohama Water Business Association, such as “Chemical injection control using SCADA System”, “Water Leakage Monitoring Detection utilizing L-sign devices”, “Flexible Pipe Method”, and “Improvement of water purification”. 121 Representatives from 43 organizations, such as Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association, Thua Thien Hue Province, Water Supply Companies in Vietnam and Siem Reap Water Supply Authority have participated in. This Project will implement until November 2016.


Vietnamese polyethylene imports may grow by 15-18% in 2016

Vietnam imported 1.043 million mt of polyethylene in 2014, with growth of 15-18% likely in 2016, according to Dinh Thuy Nhien, the head of the trade promotion and investment information department at the Vietnam Plastics Association.

“PP [polypropylene] may be slightly less, at around 8%,” she added.

Nhien was speaking on the sidelines of the Plastics Vietnam conference, which is being held in Ho Chi Minh July 23-26.

She attributed the projected growth mostly to increasing middle class spending, buoyant exports of finished plastic goods, and no import taxation.

Vietnam has a per capita consumption of 45 kg of polymers, she said. According to Platts calculations, the major PE market of China has a per capita consumption of 15 kg, while India has 3 kg.

Vietnam imported 3.4 million mt/year of plastics in 2014. The three largest plastics raw material imports are PE, PP and PVC. E accounted for around 30% of imports at 1.043 million mt, while PP imports totalled 851,959 mt and 205,867 mt in 2014, according to Vietnam Plastics Association.

Vietnam does not have any import taxation for polymers, making it one of the few countries in Southeast Asia without any import duty.