Milestones in Vietnam-U.S. Economic and Trade Relations

1975 - April 30 – Liberation of Saigon and the whole of South Vietnam.Washington extended an embargo to all of Vietnam and broke diplomatic relations.

1989  May – Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach hosts Ambassador William Sullivan and delegation in Hanoi to discuss possibilities for normalization of bilateral relations.

1991 April – Under the Bush Administration, Washington presents Hanoi with a “roadmap” plan for phased normalization of ties.

1993 July 2 – The Clinton Administration clears the way for resumption of international lending including IMF and World Bank to Vietnam.

1994 February 3 - President Clinton lifts the trade embargo.

- January - Vietnam submits a formal written request for WTO Accession and the WTO
- July 11 - President Clinton announces "normalization of relations'' with Vietnam.
- August 6 - Secretary of State Warren Christopher visits Hanoi and officially opens U.S.embassy. Vietnam opens embassy in Washington.

1996- May - U.S. presents Vietnam with trade agreement blueprint.

- April 16 – United States and Vietnam reach agreement on providing legal protection for copyright owners.
- August – U.S. government, under the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), begins a commercial law program.

- March 11 - President Clinton issues waiver of Jackson-Vanik Amendment for Vietnam,paving the way for OPIC, Ex-Im, TDA, USDA and MARAD.
- October – U.S. and Vietnam agree to negotiate Science & Technology Agreement.

- July 25 – Bilateral trade agreement  signed in  principle in Hanoi.

- July 13 – Vietnam Trade Minister Vu Khoan and USTR Ambassador Barshefsky signed an agreement on trade relations at USTR. President Clinton announces the conclusion of a bilateral trade agreement with a White House Rose Garden ceremony.
-  November 16-20 - President Clinton makes historic visit to Vietnam accompanied by high level delegation representing the Executive Office, Congress, Veterans of Foreign Wars and U.S. business.

- November 28 – BTA Ratified by Vietnam National Assembly.
- December 9 to 14 – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung heads a high level delegation to Washington, DC, New York and San Francisco
- December 10 - U.S - Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement signed into force at a Blair House ceremony with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Trade Minister Vu Khoan and USTR Ambassador Robert Zoellick.

- June 28 – The Catfish Farmers of America filed an anti-dumping petition against Vietnam.
- August 8 – U.S. Department of Commerce issues its final determination in the catfish investigation, concluding that Vietnamese producers have sold frozen catfish fillets at less than fair value, with margins ranging from 36.84 to 63.88 percent.
- November 8 - Department of Commerce determines that Vietnam is a non-market economy for the purposes of anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings.

- June 17 – U.S. Department of Commerce issues its final determination in the catfish investigation, concluding that Vietnamese producers have sold frozen catfish at less than fair value, with margins ranging from 36.84 to 63.88 percent.
- July 17 – Vietnam-U.S. Garment and Textile Agreement signed in Hanoi .
- July 23 – U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues its final determination concluding that catfish imports from Vietnam have materially injured the U.S. catfish industry. The ITC’s affirmative determination enables the Department of Commerce to issue an antidumping order imposing duties in the range of 6.84 to 63.88 percent.
- December 31 – Southern Shrimp Alliance files anti-dumping petition against shrimp producers from Thailand, China, Brazil, India, Ecuador, and Vietnam.

- January 21 – The U.S. International Trade Commission holds the preliminary phase of anti-dumping investigations on “certain frozen and canned warm water shrimp and praws” filed against Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- July 6 – The U.S. Department of Commerce announces its preliminary determination on antidumping duties for shrimp imports from Vietnam and China in the dumping investigation filed against imports from Vietnam, China, Brazil, Ecuador, India and Thailand.
- December 10 – BTA renewed by President Bush
- December 11 - United Airlines’ inaugural flight from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City, the first U.S. carrier to provide direct service between the U.S. and Vietnam.

- June 19 to 24 – With a delegation of more than 100 public and private sector representatives, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai visited four U.S. cities, the first visit by a Prime Minister in the post-war period.

- May 14 – The U.S. & Vietnam reach a bilateral agreement-in-principle on WTO accession package.
- May 31 – The U.S. & Vietnam officially sign the bilateral agreement on Vietnam’s WTO accession to the WTO in Ho Chi Minh City.
- November 7 – The WTO General Council held a special meeting to approve Vietnam’s WTO Accession Package.
- November 18 to 19 – Vietnam hosted  U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice attended the 2006 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and APEC CEO Summit and in an official State visit in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
- November 28 – Vietnam’s National Assembly ratified its WTO accession package. Vietnam’s membership will take effect 30 days after informing the WTO of its ratification.
- December 8 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6406 granting PNTR to Vietnam (212-184).
- December 9 – The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 6111, granting PNTR to Vietnam (79-9).
- December 11 – Vietnam notified the WTO of its ratification.
- December 29 – President George W. Bush issued a proclamation to extend nondiscriminatory treatment (Normal Trade Relations Treatment) to Vietnam.

- January 11 – Vietnam becomes the 150th Member of the World Trade Organization after 12 years of negotiations
- March 11-16 – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem visits the United States.
- March 15 – The U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Maritime Agreement is signed in Washington D.C.
- June 18 to 23 – Vietnam State President Nguyen Minh Triet pays a six-day visit to the United States. 
- June 21 – The United States and Vietnam sign a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) creating a platform on which to further expand and deepen bilateral trade and investment ties between the two countries.
- September 24-29 – Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pays a five-day visit to New York to attend the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly. 

2008 - June 23-26 Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and high ranking government officials paid an official visit to the US.

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