HA NOI — Import and export firms will begin phasing in the use of digital signatures for the e-customs system this year, according to the Viet Nam General Department of Customs (VGDC).
The move forms part of the implementation of Decree 87/2012 that regulates commercial importers and exporters using e-signatures for e-customs procedures.
Director of the VGDC's Customs Information Technology and Statistics Department Nguyen Manh Tung said that digital signatures would help improve security and safety for enterprises in e-customs procedures.
Tung told a press conference yesterday that using digital signatures in e-customs would benefit both commercial importers, exporters and the customs sector. "It is creating favourable conditions for commercial importers and exporters," he said.
He added that the sector has asked the finance ministry to allow enterprises without digital signatures after the November deadline, to perform customs procedures.
The customs sector is also working with relevant agencies to provide information and training on digital signature procedures nation-wide.
A VGDC representative said that the department had accepted digital signatures provided by e-signature service providers licenced by the Ministry of Information and Communications, including FPT, BKAV, VNPT-CA, Nacencom, CK-CA, Safe-CA, Viettel-CA and SmartSign.
Customs sector statistics also showed that more than 40,000 import and export enterprises this year were using e-customs procedures in 34 customs departments nation-wide. Around 3,000 enterprises have registered digital signatures for e-customs.
By mid of November, the customs sector will pilot run a new system, called the Viet Nam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System and the Viet Nam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS,) that requires digital signature for procedures.
The system is scheduled to be put into operation nation-wide in April next year. — VNS