HCM City to expand
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.
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.
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
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.