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Further Accelerating NSW Mechanism Deployment

Posted: Friday, July 07, 2017

Customs authorities will continue to accelerate the realisation of objectives and requests of the Government and the Prime Minister to simplify administrative procedures and reduce the time for executing customs clearance.

According to officials from the Department of Information Technology and Customs Statistics under the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the National Single Window (NSW) was connected to 11 ministries, with 38 administrative procedures inputted into the system as of June 2017. The system admitted about 12,000 businesses and settled nearly 400,000 records. In September 2015, Vietnam successfully connected with four other ASEAN countries to exchange certificate of origin (C/O) Form D for exports of ASEAN origin. Vietnam is technically prepared to officially join the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) as the Protocol on ASW is approved by 10 ASEAN member countries exluding the Philippines.

At a communication conference on NSW mechanism, specialised inspection schemes and trade facilitation commitments held by the General Department of Vietnam Customs in cooperation with the Vietnam Private Economic Forum, the Hanoi Young Business Association and the Hanoi Association of Small and Medium Enterprises on June 26, specialists thought that, although there are a lot of benefits, the progress of carrying out the NSW is still relatively slow and it needs to be sped up. The NSW deployment has facilitated enterprises to reduce time and costs. Particularly, they now spend a fifth time to complete registry procedures and other fields have also seen a reduction of 15-30 per cent of time consumed. Expenses for fulfilling administrative procedures on the NSW system have also dropped significantly as most of documents that they must show have been simplified and standardised, resulting in a drop in paperwork.

The General Department of Vietnam Customs has developed a roadmap for carrying out the NSW mechanism. In 2017, it will be responsible for submitting many draft legal documents to the Prime Minister to complete the regulatory framework for the NSW implementation, for example, the Prime Minister’s Decision on Airway Single Window implementation; Decree on NSW and ASW implementation and trade facilitation; and the Prime Minister's Directive on acceleration of NSW implementation among others.

According to the plan, by 2020, all administrative procedures related to State management on exports, imports and/or transits goods; exit, entry and transit people and vehicles will be done on the NSW.

The Department of Information Technology and Customs Statistics under the General Department of Vietnam Customs added that, with the NSW, customs authorities are working with relevant State bodies to realise the Government’s directions stated in Resolutions 19/NQ-CP on reforming administrative procedures and enhancing national competitiveness, ad Resolution 36a/NQ-CP on e-government. Accordingly, Vietnam will gradually form a paperless business and administrative environment. The NSW allows customs declarants to send electronic information and documents to execute customs procedures and other State procedures concerning export and import via an integrated information system. State agencies decide allowing goods to be exported, imported or transited and customs authorities decide clearing and releasing goods on the integrated information system.

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