Customs Authorities Conduct 2,400 Post-clearance Audits, Tax Assessments

9:02:42 AM | 12/2/2022

This result of the customs sector from 2021 to date was a basis for the Ministry of Finance to assess and rank the Public Administration Reform Index (PAR Index) in 2021, which was recently announced by the ministry. Public administration reform has always been considered a central and cross-cutting task, and the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDC) has always drastically carried out this work in a synchronous and comprehensive manner in all professional fields. Accordingly, the fact that GDC continued to maintain No.1 position in PAR Index 2021 showed strong efforts in this work and helped create a favorable business environment.

Besides building institutions, the General Department has provided favorable conditions for enterprises to effectively apply the IT system and coordinated in specialized inspections. Customs authorities have also promptly responded to law violations, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. In order to create a fair and healthy business environment, GDC has boosted measures to control and combat smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeiting at land border gates, seaports, river ports, airports and other customs locations.

Furthermore, customs authorities have effectively carried out customs clearance and release of goods. They have strictly controlled areas of potential violations; promptly detected and prevented illegal transportation of medical masks, medical supplies, weapons and ammunition across the border; actively coordinated with relevant forces to strengthen patrols and strictly control border areas. At the same time, GDC focused on analyzing and selecting shipments with potential violations, and requested its units to intensify online inspection and monitoring through surveillance camera systems, electronic positioning seal systems, electronic scales and container scanners.

The synchronous implementation of consistent solutions has brought positive results in this work. Accordingly, since the beginning of 2021, customs authorities have handled 23,000 violations with a value of VND6,700 billion, imposed administrative fines on 20,000 cases to collect VND500 billion for the state budget; prosecuted 28 cases and proposed prosecuting 230 cases; carried out 235 inspections, proposed collecting VND320 billion in arrears and paid about VND280 billion to the State Budget. Customs authorities conducted 2,400 post-clearance audits and tax assessments and imposed administrative fines of VND1,000 billion,

By Hien Phuc , Vietnam Business Forum