The Prime Minister issued on July 14 Directive No. 18/CT-TTg on strengthening the management and reform of administrative procedures in the customs service, requesting the Minister of Finance to work with the Minister of Justice and related agencies in strictly controlling the issuance of customs-related administrative procedures, reviewing and simplifying issued ones and speeding up the application of the national and ASEAN single-window mechanisms.
Specifically, the Ministry of Finance is assigned to effectively operate the first-phase e-customs system (VNACCS/VCIS), and work with Japanese partners to complete all procedures for submitting to the PM for permission for the second phase with more functions added to the current system, such as the e-Permit, e-C/O, e-Manifest, and e-Taxation.
Meanwhile, the Ministers of Industry and Trade; Science and Technology; Agriculture and Rural Development; Transport; National Defense; Public Security; Health; Information and Communications; Natural Resources and Environment; Construction; Culture, Sports and Tourism; Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs; the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, and heads of related agencies are assigned to complete the system of legal documents on licensing, quarantine, quality inspection and food safety inspection of imports and exports, prioritizing and creating conditions for export of goods encouraged by the State and import of goods which are domestically unavailable in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry will work with business associations in conducting surveys and independent researches to periodically evaluate the quality of customs procedure completion, identify problems in customs clearance, and make recommendations to the General Department of Customs on addressing such problems.
The PM also asks for more physical foundations, equipment and manpower at border gates through which large volumes of goods are transported in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang cities, and Lao Cai, Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces, in order to shorten the customs inspection time.-