On 20 August 2018, The Ministry of Industry and Trade promulgated Circular No. 21/2018/TT-BCT on amendment and supplement Circular No. 47/2014/TT-BCT on 05 December 2014 of The Ministry of Industry and Trade provides on regulations on management of e-commerce websites and Circular No. 59/2015/TT-BCT on 31 December 2015 of The Ministry of Industry and Trade on prescribing the management of e-commerce activities via applications on mobile equipment. The Circular will take effect from 18 October 2018.
Accordingly, Circular No. 21/2018/TT-BCT has some noteworthy points as follows:
– Repeal regulation on notification online shopping websites at Article 8 and registration for e-commerce website rating at Article 21 Circular No. 47/2014/TT-BCT
– Subjects of registration for e-commerce service provision applications (Article 13), consist of all individuals or organization that have website provide at least one of the services: E-commerce trading floor, online sales promotion. Previously, the organization must register the e-commerce service website, including only organizations operating in the field of trade promotion or business support.
– In addition, compare with regulation at Article 10 Circular No. 59/2015/TT-BCT (no notice with individuals who are not subject to business registration), this Circular also extends the scope of the subject to notice mobile app sales, consist of all businessman, individuals or organization who have been granted tax identification numbers that own the sale application.
It can be seen that, Circular No. 21/2018/TT-BCT with above noteworthy points are considered as adjustments and changes necessary in line with the current practice of e-commerce.