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Customs coordinates with port operators to facilitate enterprises

08:39 | 11/06/2019

VCN- With the volume of goods accounting for 70% of import and export goods in Ho Chi Minh City, to facilitate the import and export goods through Cat Lai port, Sai Gon Customs Branch of Zone 1 has coordinated with port operators for implementation.  

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Customs and port operators coordinate to facilitate enterprises. Photo: T.H

Coordinate to shorten Customs clearance time

In 2019, Cat Lai Port expects to hit a record 5 million TEUs of goods through the port. According to Nguyen Nang Toan, Deputy General Director of Sai Gon New Port Corporation, in the first five months of 2019, the volume of goods through Cat Lai Port maintained a growth rate of 10%.

To create favourable environment for goods imported and exported through Cat Lai Port, in addition to investing in equipment and applying software in services, the Sai Gon New Port Corporation has worked with the Customs to deploy procedures and schemes on customs modernisation to shorten customs clearance time for enterprises. Recently, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department and Sai Gon New Port Corporation have deployed the scheme “Customs procedures in logistics and prevention of congestion of goods at Cat Lai Port” for the purpose of Customs clearance at the port. It is part of efforts to reform, modernise and facilitate trade for enterprises which were prepared in many previous months by the two units. The two units have coordinated in planning of yards, classifying enterprises and goods to clear goods in the fastest manner fro enterprises with high revenue and authorised economic operators.

Sai Gon Customs Branch of Zone 1 and the Sai Gon New Port Corporation have effectively coordinated in performing their tasks. “The signing of the coordination regulations is a step to concretise tasks and duties of each party to perform the work in the best manner and support the Customs and port operators in closely controlling goods, especially, backlogged goods, imported scrap as well as creating the most favourable conditions for import and export goods in and out of the port," Toan said.

Together with the implementation of the automated system for Customs management and automated system for Customs clearance of the Customs, Cat Lai Port is the first port in Vietnam deploying e-Port which process online procedures and payment for all container delivery options; deploying e-delivery orders (EDO) for shipping lines, which creates a revolution in modernisation and reduces procedures for delivery at ports with shipping lines and provides maximum supports to customers.

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Customs clearance time for goods imported and exported at Cat Lai Port will be shortened. Photo: T.H

Specify regulations

With the volume of import and export goods accounting for 70% of the import and export goods in Ho Chi Minh City, to facilitate the import and export goods through Cat Lai Port, on June 5, Sai Gon Customs Branch of Zone 1 signed coordination regulations with Sai Gon New Port Corporation and Giang Nam Logistics Joint Stock Company in supervising goods.

According to Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Manager of Sai Gon Customs Branch of Zone 1, the coordination regulations specify the contents of coordination of three units to facilitate the task performance of each unit, contributing to solving difficulties and problems arising in customs procedures, customs supervision and inspection for imported and exported goods, transited goods, and transshipped goods at warehouses and yards at Cat Lai port. The units will focus on expanding and implementing the automated system for customs management and supervision to resolve problems arising in the implementation and provide the best conditions for customs clearance at Cat Lai Port.

Tran Viet Thang, Manager of Sai Gon Customs Branch of Zone 1 said the coordination between Customs authorities and port operators is regularly implemented while performing duties. The signing of coordination regulations between the Branch and Saigon New Port Corporation and Giang Nam Logistics Joint Stock Company in supervising import and export goods at Cat Lai Port showed coordination between the State management agency and port operators to facilitate the import and export of goods.

Nguyen Tien Dung, General Director of Giang Nam Logistics Joint Stock Company, said the specifying of coordination contents between units into general regulations will help the working position of each officer to be implemented in a uniform manner. The contents in coordination regulations will facilitate units, contributing to the effective customs management, facilitation and enhancement of productivity for port operators to facilitate and reduce the Customs clearance time for import and export goods at Cat Lai Port.

In the near future, the units will coordinate to handle backlogged goods at Cat Lai port. According to Toan, the backlogged goods at Cat Lai Port reduced to half compared with early 2019. This is a great effort of the Customs and port operators. Currently, there are about 1,300 backlogged goods containers, Saigon New Port Corporation will continue to coordinate with Saigon Customs Branch of Zone 1 to provide solutions for quick handling.

By Le Thu/Ngoc Loan