Customs sector promotes regional integration

15:24 | 11/02/2016 Society

(VEN) - The Vietnamese customs sector has made greater efforts to reform and modernize systems as part of international and regional integration.

Customs sector promotes regional integration

The customs sector has promoted administrative reform to shorten the time for businesses

Higher professional capacity

The Vietnam Customs Development Strategy to 2020 has set out targets to modernize systems to meet international standards, widely apply risk management methods and achieve advanced ASEAN equivalent levels.

The customs sector has continuously promoted reforms in the past five years. Outstanding achievements can be clearly reflected via institutional change, application and development of information technology, innovation in procedures and professional capacity building.

The 2014 Law on Customs has legalized almost all regulations on customs management following international standards, contributing to promoting reforms and modernizing systems. Successful development of the Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System the Vietnam Customs Intelligence Information System (VNACCS/VCIS) has helped the customs sector adopt modern technology.

Thanks to this solid foundation, Vietnam customs has enhanced cooperation with agencies to deploy the national one-door customs mechanism. In addition, they have also developed links with the ASEAN one-door mechanism.

Customs IT and Statistics Department under the General Department of Vietnam Customs Director Nguyen Manh Tung said that Vietnamese technology level and professional capacity were equivalent to advanced countries in ASEAN.

Promoting links

Integration will create favorable conditions for foreign trade activities. Dealing with customs procedures has accounted for 28 percent of the customs clearance process and almost all of them have been automated, while the remainder belongs to other ministries and departments such as quality examination, quarantine, food safety and hygiene. Therefore, efforts of the customs sector will help promote reforms in other ministries and departments. In particular, in a context where Vietnam has participated in a series of free trade agreements, the customs sector will play a key role in order to facilitate export-import activities.

Nguyen Manh Tung said that the customs sector has made greater efforts to accelerate customs clearance times and cut costs for businesses. In addition, creating favorable conditions for trade by the effective implementation of VNACCS/VCIS and expanding the national one-door customs mechanism in order to improve state management efficiency and facilitate businesses are vital.

The customs sector has also actively promoted regional integration. After the launch of the national one-door customs mechanism, they have announced technical links to the ASEAN one-door mechanism, contributing to realizing one-door customs commitments in the region.

After the ASEAN one-door mechanism is implemented, mutual recognition of customs documents and procedures will be high, creating favorable conditions to promote trade and benefit businesses.


 Lan Ngoc