|Viet Nam will soon start operating its national customs "single window" system, which will later be connected to those in other countries.— Photo dddn.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam will soon start operating its national customs "single window" system, which will later be connected to those in other countries.
The mechanism, expected to be ready by the end of this year under a newly-approved plan by the National Steering Committee, is especially important as the ASEAN community grows .
The mechanism expedites the customs process, allowing importers and exporters to submit information and documents online to just one destination.
Customs agencies will make the final decision on the import, export and transit of goods and vehicles. The committee is currently organising training courses for enterprises and staff to operate the system. It will complete documents regulating the responsibility of relevant parties next month.
The General Customs Department has already launched e-customs clearance procedures and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) created a system to grant certificates of origin online. However, these systems are not yet connected.
By the end of this year, the ministries of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development and Natural Resources and Environment will join the system. The other ministries and agencies involved in granting import and export licences will join next year.
Around 49,200 enterprises used e-customs services as of late July, accounting for 95.84 percent of the total involved in import-export activities, the Government news portal reported.
All customs departments in 34 cities and provinces provided e-customs services and 148 of 170 branches processed them. The number of import-export declarations going through e-customs procedures amounted to 5.23 million, representing 93.14 percent of the total.
Trade turnover conducted through e-customs was valued around US$239 billion, 95.3 percent of the total.
Moreover, 60.4 percent of enterprises passed customs clearance without further examination while 10.2 percent were asked to undergo additional checks.
The e-customs system runs automatically round the clock, including Saturday and Sunday. — VNS