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The Food & Drug Department

Any individual, commercial company, or agency wishing to import, or export food products must obtain in advance a permit from the Food Control Division under the Food and Drug Department of the Ministry of Health. Each province has a food and drug division at the provincial Ministry of Health offices.  The importer must use the prescribed form and the application must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents that will enable the Ministry of Health to assess the product. These documents may include an Analysis Certificate or other certificates, which are usually listed on the application form but, if in doubt, you should seek guidance from the relevant department of the Ministry of Health. Once the Import Permit has been issued, the document must be presented to Customs and to the Ministry of Health Inspector at the border when importing the goods. The importer then proceeds with the normal import procedure.


Detailed guidelines and forms for import and export can be obtained from the Lao PDR Trade Portal - or the department website website

Standards & Standards Organizations

Laos has no specific law on standards for imported or exported goods. Imported goods are allowed to enter based on the certification of the country of export.

Laos currently has no independent standards organizations. In 2011, the Department of Standards and Metrology in the Ministry of Science and Technology was established as an independent department alongside the Department of Intellectual Property httpThere is the curtain standard that you need to follow when import-export or transit goods. There are 250 voluntaries ‘Lao National Standards’ that businesses and traders operating in Laos can choose to apply to the products they deal in. Procedures for applying the National Standards are provided for in the Law on Standardization and the PM Decree to Implement the Law on Standardization.

Conformity Assessment:Laos currently has no conformity assessment.  Conformity assessment available as per Law on Standardization 55/NA

Product Certification:Laos currently has no product certification.  Product certification available as per Law on Standardization 55/NA

Accreditation:Laos currently has no accreditation bodies.Labeling and Marking:  A accreditation bodies available as per Law on Standardization 55/NA

Labelling and Marking: According to regulation 027/CFDC, all food imported into Laos for consumer use must be labeled labelled in accordance with Food and Drug Control Department requirements. In practice, this requirement is not always enforced.

Department of Standards and Metrology: Department of Intellectual Property.

Agreement on Trade


and Transport Facilitation

Laos became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2013, and is working towards meeting the requirements of the ASEAN Economic Community.


Lao customs is composed of the Customs Department, Customs Offices at the local level, Border Customs ports and Mobile Customs Units. Lao Customs operates regional offices in most towns and cities, including offices located in Attapeu, Bokeo, Bolikhamsai, Champassack, Huaphanh, Khammuane, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Saravanne, Savannnakhet, Sekong, Vientiane Municipality, Vientiane Province, Xayaboury, Xaysomboune Special Zone and Xieng Khouang.


For more information on regulatory departments and quality control laboratories’ contactdetails, please see the following links: 4.1 Laos Government Government Contact List and 4.3 Laboratory and Quality Testing Company Contact List.