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Disseminating many policies on import-export activities and Customs management

14:58 | 15/05/2018

VCN- During the three days, from 14th  to 16th May, the General Department of Customs held  a training conference to introduce the Law on Foreign Trade Management and Decrees guiding the implementation; Decree No. 59/2018 / ND-CP amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree No. 08/2015 / ND-CP and its guiding circulars.

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The Conference. Photo: N.linh

This is the first conference in the series of plans to disseminate the contents of the above legal documents in the northern, central and southern regions, which will be held by the General Department of Customs in May 2018. The conference’s participants are Customs officers from under General Department of Customs and representatives from import and export enterprises over the country.

At the meeting, Deputy General Director of Customs, Vu Ngoc Anh emphasized that the Law on Foreign Trade Management is a deep and broad legal document that directly affects the management, inspection and control of import and export goods and Customs management. In order to implement the Law, the Government has issued a series of Decrees to guide the implementation, of which some Decrees have been issued and one Decree (Decree detailing the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Foreign Trade Management, replacing Decree 187/2013 / ND-CP) is being submitted to the Government by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

In addition, on 20th April, the Government issued Decree No. 59/2018 / ND-CP amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree No. 08/2015 / ND-CP. Besides detailing some articles of Customs Law, Decree 59/2018/ND-CP has many new contents developed based on study on taking measures for trade facilitation in line with international practices and Customs management requirements and in accordance with the Law on Foreign Trade Management, the Customs Law and guiding decrees.

Deputy General Director Vu Ngoc Anh said that on the basis of Decree 59/2018 / ND-CP, the General Department of Customs was assigned to develop two guiding circulars which are a Circular amending and supplementing Circular No. 38/2015 / TT-BTC and a Circular regulating the origin of import and export goods, to comply with the amendments in Decree 59/2018 / ND-CP, as well as overcome shortcomings in the implementation of the Circular. 38/2015 / TT-BTC.

The above documents are the legal basis for Customs officers to perform the assigned tasks. Regarding revised Circular 38/2015 / TT-BTC, there is a big change, especially in the method of managing and processing information related to enterprises and partners jointly implementing the Customs procedures. Regarding the new Circular on goods origin, there are many new points on the determination of goods origin, inspection and verification of goods origin. Therefore, the Deputy Director General requests the participants to focus on the research and timely reflect the problems to be solved in a timely fashion. Thereby, ensuring strict Customs management and maximum facilitation for the commercial environment as required by Resolution 19 / NQ-CP and Resolution No. 35 / NQ-CP of the Government.

Within 3 days of the conference for Customs officer and import and export enterprises in the Northern region, representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade have introduced the contents of the Law on Foreign Trade Management; contents of the draft decree detailing the implementation of a number of articles of the Law on Foreign Trade Management (replacing Decree 187/2013 / ND-CP); Decree No. 10/2018 / ND-CP detailing a number of articles of the Foreign Trade Management Law on trade remedies; Decree No. 31/2018 / ND-CP detailing the Law on Foreign Trade Management on goods origin and the Circular 05/2018 / TT-BCT on goods origin.

Representatives from the General Department of Customs have introduced new contents of Decree No. 59/2018 / ND-CP amending and supplementing a number of articles of Decree No. 08/2015 / ND-CP and draft Circular on the origin of import and export goods; and draft Circular amending and supplementing Circular 38/2015 / TT-BTC.

At these conferences, problems arising or possibly arising in the implementation of these legal documents will be answered by representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the General Department of Customs.

For example, during the first day of conference, representatives from units under the General Department of Customs proposed some contents such as: the Ministry of Industry and Trade should urge the ministries and sectors to issue the list of goods subject to specialized inspection with HS codes to avoid delays like the implementation of Decree 187/2013 / ND-CP; it is necessary to issue policies on management of Bitcoin and Litecoin automatic data processing machines. Currently, these machines are not subject to list of goods prohibited from import, suspension of import or import permits. However, virtual currency in general, and Bitcoin and Litecoin in particular, are not monetary and are not legal means of payment in accordance with the law of Vietnam, the issuance, supply and use of these currencies as means of payment are prohibited.

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In addition, some issues related to management of temporary imported goods for re-export and re-export goods were discussed at the conference.

By Ngoc Linh/ Huyen Trang