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City's AnnouncementMonday, 09/24/2007, 05:56

HCM City to expand e-customs application

The HCM City Customs Department announced that it would expand its pilot e-customs declaration system in the fourth quarter from its current trial run at seaports to airports and export processing zones
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HCM City to expand e-customs application

 

The HCM City Customs Department announced that it would expand its pilot e-customs declaration system in the fourth quarter from its current trial run at seaports to airports and export processing zones.

 

Enterprises in the Tan Thuan and Linh Trung export processing zones would benefit from the more modern system, the department said, noting that goods delivered under sub-contracts and goods imported for re-export would benefit from the system.

 

The department said it had decided to expand the pilot e-customs system as it has met expectations in its trial usage at seaports over the past two years. The e-customs system has satisfied both customs officials and the business community, it said, and has received and processed 38,000 e-customs declarations to date, 28,000 of which were import declarations.

 

The department has granted e-customs clearances to 145 import-export enterprises, 122 of which actively used the system.

 

E-customs can significantly reduce both the time and expenses businesses face when trading internationally as they do not have to be present at customs. The modern system can help businesses save 4-8 hours over traditional methods for clearance of an export or import lot.

 

The project also represented an effort to increase administrative efficiency and reduce corruption among customs officials by minimizing direct interaction between customs staff and enterprises.

 

The new system has not been without troubles, however, as e-customs software has not proven foolproof and regulations governing the application of e-customs are not always clear.

 

To deal with the shortcomings, the department said it would draft regulations to guide e-customs implementation, hasten equipment and software modernization, and further train staff in using the e-customs system more effectively.

 

(Source: VNS)


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