Enterprises spend VND14.3 trillion per year for goods inspection

09:54 | 22/08/2017 Society

Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung stated that enterprises have to spend 28.6 million working days and a total VND14.3 trillion (US$629.2 million) to complete procedures related to specialised inspections of 100,000 types of goods.

Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung speaks at the working session

Minister Dung made the remarks on August 21, while leading the Prime Minister Working Group to work with 11 ministries and sectors related to the specialised inspections of import and export goods.

According to the Chairman of the Government Office approximately 30-35% of import-export goods are subject to specialised inspections, which should be reduced to 15%.

He also conveyed the Prime Minister's requirement to cut official and unofficial costs related to enterprises.

Dung also pointed out the overlapping procedures while carrying out the specialised inspections of goods, which are therefore increasing costs for enterprises

He also noted that there remains a monopoly in the assessment of imports and exports, resulting in higher transportation costs and other unnecessary costs for enterprises.

Dung emphasised that the PM asked all of the related ministries to promote administrative reforms in order to facilitate import-export enterprises, as the specialised inspections of goods now accounts for 50% of the customs clearance time.

He also told the ministries to rapidly review the 5,917 current procedures of specialised inspections at border gates, to ease the burden on enterprises.

Theo NDO