The Ministry of Finance (MOF) recently requested 11 ministries to expeditiously revise 73 legal documents on specialized management and inspection of imports and exports.
The Ministry of Finance proposes reducing the number of import items subject to inspection before customs clearance__Photo: Internet
This move aims to implement Government Resolution No. 19/2016/NQ-CP, and Prime Minister Decision No. 2026/QD-TTg, on comprehensive revision of regulations on specialized management and inspection of imports and exports, with a view to lowering the percentage of import shipments subject to specialized inspection prior to customs clearance to 15 percent by the end of 2016, instead of the current 35 percent.
With 27 legal documents, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has the highest number of legal documents to be revised; the Ministry of Industry and Trade, 11 documents; the Ministry of Health, nine documents; and the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Transport, seven documents.
Particularly, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is requested to revise its legal documents toward accelerating the application of risk management and easing specialized inspection of import items such as plants, aquatic products and animal feeds.
Similarly, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is expected to apply risk management in the goods inspection, reduce specialized examination, increase mutual recognition, and allow online registration for, and return of results of, goods inspection.
As for the Ministry of Health, the MOF proposes reducing the number of foods, food additives, food processing aids, tools, and packaging materials subject to inspection before customs clearance. The MOF suggests dividing these commodity items into two groups. The first one consists of high-risk items which are subject to inspection before customs clearance and the second one consists of those to be inspected just before circulation.
The deadline for ministries to complete the revision of their legal documents is the end of 2016. - (VLLF)