Accession Status: Vietnam's WTO membership took effect on January 11, 2007

 

Summary of webpage:

Vietnam's WTO Commitments:
  • The working party’s report WT/ACC/VNM/48 [doc]
  • Vietnam’s commitments on goods — the 560-page list (or “schedule”) of tariffs, quotas and ceilings on agricultural subsidies, and in some cases the timetable for phasing in the cuts: WT/ACC/VNM/48/Add.1 [doc] and WT/ACC/VNM/48/Add.1 Part 2 [mdb]
  • Vietnam’s commitments on services — the 60-page document (also a “schedule”) describing in which services it is giving access to foreign service providers and any additional conditions, including limits on foreign ownership:. WT/ACC/VNM/48/Add.2 [doc]
  • USVTC Comparative Trade Commitments Chart [pdf]
  • Press release [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam WTO Coalition, Nov 7, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the WTO on Vietnam's accession, Nov 7, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from US Trade Representative, Nov 7, 2006
  • Statement from US Trade Representative regarding "non-application", November 7, 2006
  • Statement [pdf] by the EU Commissioner for Trade, Peter Mandelson, Nov 7, 2006
  • Statement [pdf] by the U.S. Representative before WTO General Council, Nov 7, 2006
  • Welcome Address [pdf] by the WTO Director General at the General Council Meeting, Nov 7, 2006

Vietnam's WTO accession chronology:

  • January 11, 2007: Vietnam's WTO membership starts to take effect.
  • December 29, 2006: President Bush issued proclamation to extend nondiscriminatory treatment (Normal Trade Relations Treatment) to the products of Vietnam.
  • December 11: Vietnam notified the WTO of its ratification.
  • December 9: U.S. Senate passed senate version of H.R. 6111 granting PNTR to Vietnam (79-9). Click here for vote result.
  • December 8: U.S. House passed H.R. 6406 granting PNTR to Vietnam (212-184). Click here for vote result.
  • November 28: Vietnam's National Assembly ratified its accession package. Vietnam's membership will take effect 30 days after it informs the WTO.
  • November 7: The WTO General Council approved Vietnam's membership at a special session in Geneva. Click here for more infomation.
  • October 26: The Working Party formally approved Vietnam's accession package.
  • October 13: Vietnam concluded all WTO negotiations in Geneva.
  • July 31: Senate Finance Committee approved Vietnam PNTR. Click here for vote record [pdf]
  • July 27: Senate Finance Committee Markup on Vietnam PNTR.
  • July 12: Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the granting of PNTR for Vietnam.
  • June 13: The two PNTR bills for Vietnam were introduced in US Congress.
  • May 31: The United States and Vietnam officially signed a bilateral market access agreement.
  • May 14: The United States and Vietnam reached an agreement in principle.

Vietnam PNTR bills:

Textile monitoring program:

Coalition factsheets:

Public Statements from US Congress:

  • Key Vote Alert [pdf] by New Democrats supporting Vietnam PNTR and extension of trade preferences, Dec 7, 2006
  • Press Release [pdf] by Senators Grassley and Baucus regarding the bicameral agreement on taxes, trade, and health, Dec 7, 2006
  • Press Release [pdf] by Representative Thomas introducing the trade package, Dec 7, 2006
  • Press Release [pdf] by Senator Baucus regarding the House's delay on Vietnam PNTR Bill, Nov 14, 2006
  • Press Release [pdf] by Senators Dole and Graham in response to Letter from the Administration regarding textiles [pdf], September 29, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] by 20 Representatives to Congresional Leadership, September 21, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] by Senators Elizabeth Dole and Lindsey Graham to Ambassador Schwab regarding Vietnam PNTR, September 18, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] by Senators Max Baucus and Gordon Smith to President Bush urging for push on Vietnam PNTR, September 9, 2006
  • Dear Colleague [pdf] from Representatives Jim Ramstad and Mike Thompson, co-sponsors of  H.R.5602, September 8, 2006
  • Press Release [pdf] by Senator Max Baucus, after Senate Finance Committee approved Vietnam PNTR, July 31, 2006
  • Statement [pdf] by Senator Max Baucus, for Markup of Vietnam PNTR Legislation, Mock Markup of Peru FTA, July 27, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Representatives Oxley, Boehlert, Boren, Reichert, and Lahood to House Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Boehner, July 14, 2006
  • Statement [pdf] by Senator Max Baucus at the Asia Society event on Vietnam PNTR, June 27, 2006
  • Dear Colleague [pdf] from Representatives Jim Ramstad and Mike Thompson, co-sponsors of  H.R.5602, June 20, 2006
  • Article [pdf] on New Dem Dispatch, June 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Senator Gordon Smith, Member of the Senate Finance Committee, June 14, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from co-sponsors of Vietnam’s PNTR bill in US Senate, June 13, 2006
  • Statement [pdf] by Senator Max Baucus, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee at the Congressional Roll-Out Event for Vietnam's PNTR, June 13, 2006
  • Dear Colleague [pdf] from the New Democrat Coalition, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Representative Jim Ramstad, Member of the House Ways and Means Committe at the Congressional Roll-Out Event for Vietnam's PNTR, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Representative Jim Kolbe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs, June 13, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from 44 Representatives to Ambassador Schwab, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Senator Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, May 31, 2006
  • Dear Colleague [pdf] from Representatives Rob Simmons and Lane Evans of the US-Vietnam Congressional Caucus, May 17, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Senator John McCain, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; and member and former Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affair, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Senator Max Baucus, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, May 14, 2006

Public Statements and Factsheets from US Government:

Public Statements from US Business Community and Others:

  • Press release [pdf] from the Emergency Committee for American Trade, Dec 7, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Dec 7, 2006
  • Opposition Letter [pdf] from the AFL-CIO to Congress, Dec 6, 2006
  • Letter of support [pdf] from the Coalition of Service Industries to the House, Dec 5, 2006
  • Letter of support [pdf] from the Coalition of Service Industries to the Senate, Dec 5, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam Coalition to Congressional Leadership, Dec 5, 2006
  • Key Vote Alert [pdf] from the Coalition of Service Industries to Congress, Dec 1, 2006
  • Press Release [pdf] from the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition, Nov 15, 2006
  • Key Vote Alert [pdf] from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to House Members, Nov 13, 2006
  • Key Vote Alert [pdf] from the Coalition of Service Industries to House Members, Nov 13, 2006
  • Scoring Letter [pdf] from the Information Technology Industry Council to House Members, Nov 13, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam Coalition to Congressional Leadership, Nov 13, 2006
  • Opposition Letter [pdf] from Teamster to Congress, Nov 13, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Senators Feinstein and Smith to Secretary Gutierrez and Ambassador Schwab, Nov 3, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from the National Association of Manufacturers to Congressional leadership, Nov 1, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Distilled Spirits Council to Senator Baucus, Oct 26, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition, Oct 26, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Automotive Trade Policy Council to Speaker Hastert, Oct 24, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Catfish Institute, Oct 20, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Securities Industry Association to Congressional Leadership, Oct 19, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from General Electric Infrastructure to Chairmen Grassley and Thomas, Oct 18, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Bankers' Association for Finance and Trade to Senate Majotity Leader, Oct 13, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Bankers' Association for Finance and Trade to Speaker Hastert, Oct 13, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Food and Agriculture Organizations to Members of Congress, Oct 13, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from the UPS to Representative John Boehner, Oct 12, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from the Coalition of Service Industries to Congressional Leadership, Oct 12, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from Importers and Retailers to Secretary Gutierrez and Ambassador Schwab, Oct 11, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam to Ambassador Schwab, Oct 06, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, Sept 29, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Vietnamese Silicon Valley Network to Congressional Leadership, August 1, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the National Retails Federation to Senate Majority Leader Bill First, August 1, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition, July 31, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Anheuser Busch to Ambassador Schwab, July 20, 2006
  • Letter [pdf] from the California Chamber of Commerce to Senator Feinstein, Jul 13, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam Coalition to Congressional Leadership, July 12, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the ASEAN Washington Committee to Secretary Rice, July 7, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Procter & Gamble to Ambassador Schwab, July 5, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the United States Wheat Associates, June 14, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from New York Life, June 14, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council and the US-ASEAN Business Council, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Foreign Trade Council, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Ford, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 13, 2006
  • Press release and Letter of Support [pdf] from the Agriculture Coalition for U.S.-Vietnam Trade, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the American Apparel and Footwear Association, June 13, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Retail Industry Leaders Association, June 13, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the Agriculture Coalition to Members of the Senate and the House, June 12, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Cargill to Ambassador Schwab, June 12, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Motorola to Congressional Leadership , June 12, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from AIG to Members of the Senate and the House, June 9, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the American Apparel and Footwear Association to Ambassador Schwab, June 6, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Liberty Mutual Fund to Ambassador Schwab, June 6, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the American Council of Life Insurers, June 1, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Automotive Trade Policy Council, June 1, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from General Electric to Ambassadors Portman and Schwab, June 1, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from General Electric to House Speaker Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Frist, June 1, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from HerbaLife to Ambassador Schwab, June 1, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Pork Producers Council, May 31, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Retail Federation, May 31, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Cargill, May 31, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Boeing to Ambassador Schwab, May 31, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the National Retail Federation to Ambassador Schwab, May 31, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Retail Industry Leaders Association, May 30, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Nike to Ambassadors Portman and Schwab, May 30, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf[ from Direction 21 to Ambassador Portman, May 28, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from Harley-Davidson, May 24, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, May 16, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, May 16, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Telecommunications Industry Association, May 16, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Citigroup to Secretary Snow, May 16, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Citigroup to Ambassador Portman, May 16, 20006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Chevron to Congressional Leadership , June 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Foreign Trade Council, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Business Roundtable, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Association of Manufacturers, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Coalition of Service Industries, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Emergency Committee for American Trade, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Council of Textiles Organization, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the National Pork Producers Council, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the United States Council for International Business, May 15, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the US-Vietnam WTO Coalition, May 14, 2006
  • Position paper [pdf] by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, updated on October 12, 2006
  • Position paper [pdf] by the Business Roundtable
  • Position paper [pdf] by the Coalition of Service Industries
  • Position paper [pdf] by the Grocery Manufactures Association
  • Position paper [pdf] by the National Retail Federation
  • Position paper [pdf] by the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
  • Position paper [pdf] by the Retails Industry Leaders Association

Statements for the Vietnam PNTR Senate Finance Committee Hearings on July 12, 2006:

  • Opening Statement [pdf] by Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
  • Opening Statement [pdf] by Senator Max Baucus, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee
  • Testimony [pdf] by Karan Bhatia, Deputy USTR, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Testimony [pdf] by Eric John, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Testimony [pdf] by John Caspers, Former President, the National Pork Producers Council
  • Testimony [pdf] by Christian Schlect, President, Northwest Horticultural Council
  • Testimony [pdf] by Jeffrey Shafer, Vice Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets
  • Testimony [pdf] by Chris Seiple, President, Institute for Global Engagement
  • Testimony [pdf] by T. Kumar, Advocacy Director for Asia, Amnesty International
  • Testimony [pdf] by Virginia B. Foote, President, U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the American Apparel and Footwear Association
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Hochiminh City Chapter
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the American Council of Life Insurers
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the Business Roundtable
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the Catfish Insitute
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the Emergency Committee for American Trade
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the International Textile Group
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the National Retail Federation
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by Cargill
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by South China Seafood
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by Catharin Dalpino, Professor at Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
  • Testimony for the record [pdf] by Senator John Kerry, Member of the Senate Finance Committee
  • Statement [pdf] by the Coalition of Service Industries
  • Statement [pdf] by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association
  • Statement [pdf] by the National Foreign Trade Council
  • Statement [pdf] by the Wheat Industry
  • Statement [pdf] by General Electric
  • Press release [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam WTO Coalition, July 12, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from the Business Roundtable, July 12, 2006
  • Press release [pdf] from U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs (USINFO), July 12, 2006
  • Eminent Persons Letter [pdf] to Congressional Leadership, July 11, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Representatives Oxley, Boehlert, Boren, Reichert, and Lahood to House Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Boehner, July 14, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the U.S.-Vietnam Coalition to Congressional Leadership, July 12, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the American Potato Trade Alliance to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley, July 10, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation to Congressional Leadership , July 11, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Conoco Phillips to Congressional Leadership, July 10, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from Liberty Mutual Fund to Senate Finance Committee Leaders, July 11, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from SSA Marine to Ambassadors Portman and Schwab, July 10, 2006
  • Letter of Support [pdf] from United Commercial Bank to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Grassley, July 11, 2006

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