Last updated: Monday, April 24, 2017
Many Customs Targets ExceededPosted: Monday, April 10, 2017
In the first quarter of 2017, the customs sector has completed and submitted three proposals to the Government and 16 others to General Department of Vietnam Customs. It is now continuing to implement one proposal to be submitted to the Ministry of Finance and 12 others to the General Department.
This information was released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs at a recent online conference. At the conference, the Department also reviewed the first working quarter and announced the tasks for the second quarter to 35 local customs departments.
The most featured programme in the first quarter was to implement the national OSS and the ASEAN OSS to facilitate trading activities. The Department has drafted a plan to implement the OSS nationwide in the 2017-2018 period. At the same time, the Department has built up and submitted to the Ministry of Finance an overall plan including a financial investment plan to meet the deployment of the national OSS and the ASEAN OSS. Besides, the Department has also coordinated with related ministries and agencies to actively implement the overall plan to deploy the national OSS and the ASEAN OSS in the 2016 -2020 period, pursuant to Decision 2185/QD-TTg dated January 14, 2016 of the Prime Minister. To date, 11 ministries have participated in the system. As many as 37 administrative procedures have been posted on the national OSS and 290,000 sets of dossiers uploaded on the system, with over 10,000 businesses having participated in the OSS. Without a drastic implementation, it will be unlikely for the Customs sector to achieve the ASEAN OSS in 2017 with 135 administrative procedures accessible online.
The Customs Department has also completed a draft of list of exports and imports of Vietnam and collect the ideas from the ministries like Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Health, Vietnam Tobacco Import Export Company, Vietnam Wood and Forestry Product Association and Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). In the coming time, the Department will continue to consult other specialised units to urgently complete and review Phase 2 to ensure the implementation roadmap from January 1, 2018. For Customs supervision, the General Department has submitted to the Ministry of Finance for the Prime Minister’s decision on the list of goods subject to Customs procedures at the Import border gate; and reported to the Prime Minister for official application on imported consumer goods or border gate to border gate transportation to My Dinh ICD.
The Ministry of Finance has issued Official Letter 3109/BTC-GDC dated March 9, 2017 guiding the time of submission of C/O for the imported goods and reporting the outstanding liquidity trading of goods declaration arising from 2013 or earlier at the local Customs Departments.
The first quarter witnessed vibrant import-export activities. According to the statistics, the total number of customs declarations was estimated at 2.5 million daily in the first quarter of 2017, up 17.2 per cent compared to the same period of 2016.
As of March 15, 2017, a large import-export volume was concentrated in some departments: at Yen Binh Customs Office (Bac Ninh Department of Customs), with US$6.41 billion, up 16.5 per cent; and Saigon Port Customs Office – Zone 1, with US$4.11 billion, up 18.1 per cent; and the Customs Office at Linh Trung Export Processing Zone, with US$3.46 billion, up 84.9 per cent. Also, in the first quarter of 2017, the total number of participating companies reached 50,900, up 12.5 per cent over the same period in 2016. In the first quarter of 2017, along with good management of revenues, the import turnovers of some items like automobiles, machinery, computer equipment, electronic products increased, helping raise the sector's State budget contribution, higher than that of the same period. According to the statistics of the General Department of Customs, in the first 3 months of 2017, the revenue of the Customs Department reached VND66,800 billion, reaching 23.44 per cent of the estimation, up 18.5 per cent over the same period in 2016.