09:49 | 31/07/2018 Information Technology
(VEN) - The Vietnamese customs sector is promoting modernization and making greater efforts to install a smart information technology system for management and support for export-import activities by 2020.
Efforts in reforms, information technology application and modernization in recent years have fundamentally changed the management method of Vietnam customs. Electronic customs procedures and tax collection and payment have been implemented. Enterprises can declare customs procedures and pay taxes via the internet at anytime and anywhere.
Among the total number of 181 online administrative procedures, as many as 161 procedures are provided at level 4. The electronic customs declaration system of customs offices has also been connected to systems of state management agencies, credit institutions and certificate of origin (C/O) issuers for management purposes.
As the standing agency of the National Steering Committee for the ASEAN Single Window, National Single Window and trade facilitation, Vietnam customs has made efforts in coordinating and promoting 11 ministries and departments to implement 47 administrative procedures under the National Single Window. Vietnam customs has also coordinated with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Information and Communications to officially exchange e-C/O form D with the four ASEAN countries via the ASEAN Single Window.
Vietnam is among the top four ASEAN countries in cross-border trading. The cost of customs clearance at border gates has declined by US$19 per shipment compared to the previous period. According to estimates, with 11 million customs declarations made in 2017, businesses saved over US$200 million.
The General Department of Vietnam Customs says it is continuing to conduct research and strengthen application of advanced technologies in management, expand the ASEAN Single Window and the National Single Window, coordinate with other ASEAN countries to exchange e-C/O, and promote mutual recognition of conformity assessment results (multilateral, bilateral, and unilateral recognition) with foreign partners.
The goal of the customs sector is to drive towards effectiveness and modernization. The sector is making greater efforts to have a smart information technology system for management and support for export-import activities by 2020.
To achieve its goals of reform and efficiency, the customs sector will continue to push the implementation of electronic
payments, and strengthen connections between customs offices and those operating in ports, airports and
warehouses nationwide in service of export-import activities.