Modernised customs system helps firms reduce costs

by P.V25 January 2016 Last updated at 12:14 PM

VTV.vn - VNACSS and VCIS have helped the import-export process run more smoothly by simplifying procedures for businesses since their first implementation on April 1st, 2014.

Since their first implementation on April 1st, 2014,  the Vietnam Automated Cargo Clearance System (VNACSS) and Vietnam Customs Intelligence Information (VCIS) System have helped the import-export process run more smoothly by simplifying procedures for businesses. This also proves that Government Decree no. 19 has been followed, which enhances international integration.

This FDI enterprise invested in Phúc Điền Industrial Park in Hải Dương Province. They are among the first companies who have participated in the VNACSS program since its approval. With about 1,340 declarations and an export-import turnover of 80-90 million USD on average each month, they are now able to save more than 100 hours and 12,660 USD per month thanks to this program.

"VNACCS/VCIS helps keep export-import procedures to a minimum. The time for data transferring and receiving responses from thecustoms agency is much shorter. I really hope that there will be more administration innovation like this in the future so that businesses can save costs and expand their production in Vietnam", said Yu Tomita, Export-Import Manager, Brother Industries Vietnam Ltd.

With the old administration system, a lot of procedures were needed for a type of exported product to be inspected. Firms used to have to travel from their own provinces to Hanoi to get certifications from a number of agencies. But since inspection locations were expanded to 7 different provinces at the beginning of 2016, the wait-time has been reduced to only 3-5 days.

Excluding the inspection time at the lab, the total inspection time has now been reduced by more than half. In the future, we are looking to enhance and open more border gates in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as nationwide. This is also the first step in applying specialised inspection regulations which have been implemented in developed countries.

Simplifying inspection procedures as well as successfully implementing the VNACSS program created a great foundation for the national single window and ASEAN single window initiatives. If the first phase of the program is implemented well, the Japanese government will continue to grant non-refundable aid to Vietnam in the second phase.

"I think our stage-two project that we have proposed is likely to receive great support from the Japanese government. Our customspersonnel also need to be retrained and restructured to better adapt to new situations", said Dinh Tien Dung, Minister of Finance.

After more than a year of implementation, the VNACSS/VNIS system has helped 69 thousand firms with an export-import turnover of 494 billion USD. The modernised customs system will bring Vietnam closer to other countries and help reduce a great deal of costs for businesses.


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