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HCMC Customs Department: Makes breakthroughs to facilitate trade.

16:26 | 08/02/2017

VCN- In 2017, the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department is assigned to collect 109 trillion vnd in revenues. In order to fullfil this task, among the key methods of the year, the Department will continue to make breakthroughs in the reform of procedure and support import and export activities of enterprises.

hcmc customs department makes breakthroughs to facilitate trade
HCMC Customs officials inspect imported goods.

Be proactive in support of the group of 300 big enterprises.

The HCMC Customs Department determines, 2017 is the year for start-ups, we need to be proactive, organize promotion and training regularly in the business community and for Customs officials at the units about the Law on export, Law on import No. 107/2016/QH13 and the Law on Amendment and supplementation of the Law on tax No. 106/2016/QH13, and the Decrees of the Government guidelines for enterprises to be aware of their full rights and responsibilities prescribed by law, combined with the dialogues to solve problems in a timely fashion.

The Department also continues to facilitate enterprises, reduce clearance times but will remain tight in terms of procedures, avoid troubles, harassments and negative cases internally to increase revenues. Each unit should schedule to work with each enterprise regularly to know their production and business plans; listen to their problems to solve as soon as possible for better import and export activities of the business community.

Review and supplement the list of 300 enterprises which comply with the law on customs (account for 80% of the total State budget revenues of the Customs Department), investigate enterprises on the list taking advantage of open policies to fraud and break the law on Customs. The Department will be organized to access the risks, manage tightly 500 high-risk enterprises for examining comprehensively: code, origin, consultation, tax assessment in the stage of Customs clearance.

The Department will also continue to review and be transparent in administrative procedures, reduce the number of documents in file, reduce time and costs in clearance for businesses. Recommend to promote IT applications deeply and widely in the Customs procedures, focussing on the efficiency of the VNACCS/VSIS system, implement electronic declarations, electronic payments, automatic licensing, electronic C/O, electronic manifest, enhance features of automation, support for time reduction in Customs clearance of import and export goods.

Tightly control 10 key commodities.

Along with facilitating enterprises, the HCMC Customs Department will tightly control the taxable prices of the 10 key groups commodities, including 9 groups in the Official Letter No. 11911/TCHQ-TXNK and a group of cars in Official Letter No. 1687/BTC-PC of the Ministry of Finance. These groups must have consultations immediately, rejecting declared prices, tax assessment and require enterprises to pay tax at the stage of clearance.

In order to avoid the case where enterprises do not implement consultations, and avoid post-clearance inspection as the cCustoms authorities have doubts, the department will resolutely handle enterprises in the classes from 1-5 (well observed laws), if those enterprises do not consult or not implement the decision of the post Customs clearance inspection of the Customs authorities. Continue to implement the rapid effective consultation in enterprises in the classes of 6 and 7 prescribed as Official Letter No 10773/TCHQ-TXNK. For post-clearance inspection in the headquarters of the Customs Department, we must handle 100% of doubtful declarations. Collaborate, and provide timely information of businesses, prices, codes, for the Post-clearance inspection Department to handle. For the group of car imports, (except trucks and containers), according to the rules of the Ministry of Finance and the General Department of Customs, it must have C/O and VIN certificates in the file. Defining the valuation of the consultation is complicated (from the stage of file check, cargo check to the stage of consultation and tax assessment), requiring a certain level of the Customs officials and leaders in charge. The HCMC Customs Department requests its units not to do lightly, in accordance with the regulations, leading to mistakes and losses to the State budget. Be resolute and strive to avoid tax liability arising from taxable price consultations.

About anti-fraud through price, quantity, C/O, according to the HCMC Customs Department, in 2016, commercial fraud reduced in the number of cases (down 23%) but increased in value (worth 589 billion vnd, rose by 431% compared to 2015). Thus, at the beginning in 2017, the Customs Department has directed to strictly examine declarations of enterprises, if the name of goods is incomplete, unsatisfactory concepts and regulations in the list of the export and import items, enterprises must add that information in the declaration. The unit of goods must be clear: piece, weight, volume, concentration. Actively review, and collaborate with other forces to gain information in order to detect and handle in a timely way cases of commercial fraud: exports and imports of prohibited goods under Decree No. 187/2013/ND_CP; for declarations in the yellow and red channel: and examine to compare among the declaration, packing list, bill of lading, C/O to determine the quantity, weight in the declaration to detect fraud cases.

By Le Thu/Kieu Oanh