About 45% of Vietnam's land area is forested, and the country has a key role in processing in the timber sector in Southeast Asia. Vietnam imports timber from some 80 countries – in recent years main suppliers have included Cambodia, Laos, China, USA and Malaysia. Domestic plantation timber is increasingly used in the production of timber products and for the export of woodchip. Vietnam’s wooden furniture exports mainly target environmentally conscious markets in the EU, the US and Japan.

In May 2017, Vietnam and the EU marked the end of VPA negotiations by initialling the document, ahead of signing and ratifying it.






Voluntary Partnership Agreement status

  • FLEGT licencing started: 
  • VPA entry into force: 
  • VPA ratified: 
  • VPA signed: 
  • VPA agreed: 11 May 2017
  • Negotiations started: 29 November 2010

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Official documents

  • Vietnam-EU VPA text and annexes
  • Joint press release by Thailand and the EU on the first session of VPA negotiations, 30 June 2017 [PDF]
  • Joint press release by Thailand and the EU on the official launch of VPA negotiations, 11 September 2013 [PDF]