When should an offshore loan be announced or registered?
When a company established in Vietnam borrows money from an organization in a foreign country, the loan is considered as an offshore loan. The State Bank of Vietnam (“SBV”) controls offshore loans as a part of its control on foreign currency exchange.
If the term of the offshore loan is under 12 months (short-term), the borrower has an obligation to announce the information about such loan to the SBV. When the term is longer than 12 months or if a short-term loan is extended or not repaid in time, procedures for registration must be conducted. The term is measured from the date of the initial drawdown to the date of the full repayment.
Periodic reports are also mandatory to keep the authority updated on the offshore loan repayment schedule and scheme.
How to announce or register an offshore loan?