Regulation on enterprises dealing retail alcohol -

The enterprise, cooperative, cooperative joint venture, or household business retailing alcohol (alcohol retailer) shall be established according to regulations of law.

The alcohol retailer shall be entitled to run a fixed store with a clear address.

A written reference or an agreement in principle shall be made by the alcohol producer, distributor, or wholesaler.

II. Rights and obligations of alcohol retailer

    • Buying and selling alcohol of legal origin.
    • Post a valid copy of the license issued by the competent authority at the merchant’s liquor sales locations and may only buy and sell alcohol according to the contents stated in the issued license, except for the case of traders selling alcohol for on-site consumption.
    • Implement the reporting regime and other obligations as prescribed by Decree 105/2017/ND-CP.
    • Purchase alcohol from domestic alcohol producers or other alcohol distributors/wholesalers according to the contents stated in licenses;
    • Sell alcohol to sellers of alcohol for on-premises consumption or directly sell to buyers at sellers’ premises according to the contents stated in licenses.

III. Registration documents for alcohol retail businesses

    • A completed application form provided in the specimen No. 1 attached hereto
    • A copy of the certificate of enterprise/cooperative/cooperative joint venture/household business registration
    • A copy of the lease/borrowing agreement or documents proving legitimate use rights to expected alcohol retail store.
    • A written reference or an agreement in principle shall be made by the alcohol producer, distributor or wholesaler.

IV. Licensing authority and procedures

Offices of Economis or Offices of Economics and Infrastructure affiliated to People’s Committees of districts shall issue licenses for home production of spirits for business purpose and licenses for spirit retail within their districts.

Merchants apply in person or by post or online (if eligible to apply) to the licensing authority.

Within 10 working days from the date of receipt of a complete and valid dossier, the competent state agency shall consider, appraise and grant licenses to traders. In case of refusal to grant, a written response stating the reasons therefore must be given.

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