Binh Duong Customs Office: Side by Side with Businesses

10:41:30 PM | 21/3/2012

Over the past years, Binh Duong Customs Office has unceasingly improved its service in the best interests of businesses, with slogans “Professionalism – Transparency – Efficiency” and “Dedicated to businesses”. Vietnam Business Forum had an interview with Mr Nguyen Phuoc Viet Dung, Deputy Head of the Customs Office on the success story. Van Luong reports.
Will you please tell us the conditions applied to special treatment in Regulation 63/2011/TT-BTC of May 13, 2011?
Priorities are accorded to businesses exporting aqua-products, agricultural produce, crude oil with origin from Vietnam and those importing goods for manufacturing and for exported products of high technology with investments encouraged by Vietnamese government and required production methods and management. Those businesses must also have a good record of compliance to Vietnamese laws on customs, taxation, trade and investment in their import-export activities, or those with violations of low grade specified in Article 5 of the Regulation. The Customs Office believes that businesses will comply with Article 6 of the same Regulation.
Businesses of good record are those without violation of Article 3, or less than 3 violations of Article 3.2 with fine each time over VND20 million without additional punishments (withdrawal of license, confiscation of equipment, extradition of goods, etc.). They are businesses in good cooperation with Customs Office or Customs Office is convinced of their performance.
 Businesses of transparent accounting are those with confirmation of taxation offices, applying Vietnamese accounting with all necessary documents. Businesses asking for priorities must apply with General Department of Customs and comply with all regulations and laws.
The Customs Office is focusing on trade fraud, tax evasion, especially on temporary import and re-export (ATA), how does Binh Duong Customs Office perform its duty?
In recent years, Binh Duong Customs Office has indeed concentrated on the task of preventing trade fraud, tax evasion and in particular temporary import and re-exports with formalities done at port of entry. Binh Duong Customs Office has issued Plan 95/KH-HQBD of January 12, 2012 on smuggling, trade fraud, faked goods and violations of Intellectual Property Rights. The Office has classified key areas, goods and targets as well as specific measures, such as Plan 2257/KH-DKS of September 17, 2010. With the enforcement of the Plan, certain breaches have been remedied such as faked receipts, changing goods in containers, etc.
At Binh Duong Customs Office, 85 percent of declaration forms are on contractual production and export processing, those of tax exempt; therefore the Customs Office has always facilitated import-export activities and ensure good performance.
As General Department of Customs has asked related offices to diversify their performance to assist businesses with information and dialogue. Have you any plan for those activities?
General Department of Customs issued Decision 232/QD-TCHQ of January 20, 2012 on the Plan to disseminate related laws and provide information on custom declaration and tax rates. Consequently, Binh Duong Customs Office has issued Plan 440/KH-HQBD of February 24, 2012 on dissemination of laws and providing information on customs declaration and tax payment in 2012 with emphasis on updating and dissemination of related laws and policies.
Alongside with those tasks, Binh Duong Customs Office has carried out Plan of Reform, Development and Modernization approved by General Department of Customs to facilitate business activities with electronic equipment and data. Through website of the Office, questions of businesses have been answered in time, related legal documents updated together with necessary information.
 How will you implement project of Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System (VNACCS) project to comply with electronic customs formalities in 2012-2015?
The development of electronic customs formalities will enter a new phase with the implementation of VNACCS project financed by Japan. To attain the target set for 2011-2015, the development strategy to 2010 has specified that modern customs IT network will be developed on the basis of comprehensive data processing with portals connecting all related offices.
To attain that objective, the Government, Finance Ministry and General Department of Customs is preparing a project “Developing electronic customs and national one-stop shop customs” financed by Japanese government. It is a project of technology transfer of Japanese Customs (NACCS/CIS) which has been modified to apply in Vietnam. The project will take two years and by mid-2014 it will start operating. Together with VNACCS, new Customs Law will be formulated to replace 2001 law, and professional process will be developed in conformity with VNACCS.
For its part, Binh Duong Customs Office is improving its quality, increasing proportion of electronic operation to over 90 percent of declaration forms, applying data processing of VNACCS.
We will also implement the plan of reform, development and modernization of 2011-2015 endorsed by Decision 2607/QD-TCHQ of December 8, 2011 of General Department of Customs.
Quoc Viet