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Ho Chi Minh Customs Department dialogues with nearly 200 FDI enterprises

19:50 | 11/05/2018

VCN- At the dialogue conference with nearly 200 FDI enterprises held by the  Investment/ Processing Customs Branch on 10th May, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department answered many enterprises’ questions on processing, export production and new contents in Decree 59/2018/ND-CP.

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Leaders of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department dialogue with enterprises. Photo: T.H

At the conference, 35 questions of FDI enterprises related to Customs policies and procedures; Procedures for liquidation of machinery for creating fixed assets which were used for more than 10 years; medical equipment imports; criteria on C/O and etc were specifically guided and answered by Investment/Processing Customs Branch and division’s leaders of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department.

In which, many enterprise raised questions related to new contents in Decree 59/2018/ND-CP taking effect on 5th June 2018. According to Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, Decree 59 had 53 new contents which are amended and supplemented to replace Decree 08 such as carrying out National Single Window, Customs declarant do not have to submit paper documents; site for carrying out Customs procedures for goods at Express Cargo Customs Branch; Enterprises subject to be exempted post clearance audit at the Customs office; Advanced ruling on code, origin and value of goods, will create favorable conditions for imports and exports and trade of enterprises.

Manager of the Investment/Processing Customs Branch, Vo Van Bong said that currently, there are about 2,500 FDI enterprises carrying out Customs procedures at the Branch with 23 different import and export regimes and nearly 100,000 declarations per year. Over the past time, the Branch has deployed many plans on Customs procedure reform and supported FDI enterprises in approaching and grasping new documents and policies to accurately implement and avoid errors. For Decree 59 which would officially take effect on 5th June with many new contents and positively affect import and export activities of enterprises, the Branch requested enterprises to study carefully and apply properly.

ho chi minh customs department dialogues with nearly 200 fdi enterprises
The Investment/Processing Customs Branch always supports FDI enterprises to approach new policies. Photo: T.H

In fact, many FDI enterprises did not directly carry out Customs procedures, they hired Customs brokers to implement. In order to avoid taking advantage of the use of digital signature to implement acts of smuggling and trade fraud, enterprises should select and use services of reputable Customs brokers licensed by the General Department of Vietnam Customs in accordance with provisions.

The Branch’s leader also advised that enterprises should pay Customs duties and fees via commercial banks which have signed agreements with the General Department of Vietnam Customs on tax payment 24/7. When paying taxes, enterprises must accurately declare information to avoid being delayed in the system, affecting the Customs clearance.

Facing with enterprises’ obstacles, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department Phan Le Minh shared enterprises’ difficulties with the stuck goods at Cat Lai Port due to goods overload. Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department would continue to report to leaders of competent agencies to remove these difficulties. At the same time, collaborating and supporting port operators to provide the best conditions for unloading and discharging of enterprises’ goods.

Deputy Director Phan Le Minh also requested that FDI enterprises pay attention to annually submit the final statement to the Customs authority. The final statement must be transparent and clear and different from dossiers submitted to the Customs beyond control of the enterprises’ directors, affecting the enterprises and business environment in general.

At the conference, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, Phan Le Minh, awarded merit certificates issued by Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department for their efforts in complying well with policies on the import and export duty in 2017.

By Le Thu/Ngoc Loan