VCN- Deputy General Director of Customs Nguyen Cong Binh had an interview with the Customs Newspaper on the results of the implementation of ASW, NSW in the field of customs.
Over time, the General Department of Customs has attempted to act as the Standing Authority of the National Steering Committee for the ASW, NSW and trade facilitation. Could you tell us about the outstanding results?
Assigned as the Standing Committee of the National Steering Committee by the Government and the Ministry of Finance, the General Department of Customs has made great efforts to successfully coordinate the implementation of NSW, ASW and trade facilitation. That is, urge the ministries and industry to develop action plans and organize the implementation according to the general plan and direction of the National Steering Committee on ASEAN Single Window, (Steering Committee 1899) and the Government. Regularly synthesize, report and propose implementation results and solutions to promote the NSW, ASW; coordinate with ministries and sectors to unify business processes, build systems to expand new procedures...
In addition, the General Department of Customs submits to the Government and the National Assembly for signing and joining the Protocol on the legal framework for implementing the ASW; makes internal legislation on the NSW, ASW in the Customs Law, and guiding documents; prepares the draft decrees on NSW, ASW and specialized inspection for import and export goods. Coordinates with ministries and branches to connect the ASW from January 1, 2018 and negotiate and prepare to build the system to connect with the Eurasian Economic Union; organized many training courses and workshops, provides information, propaganda to guide people, enterprises...
Regarding the specialized inspection, as a focal point, in coordination with relevant ministries to implement the Decision 2026/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister, the General Department of Customs has actively cooperated with Ministries and sectors to accelerate reforms, renovate management and specialized inspection. In particular, it has studied, reviewed and amended legal provisions; reviewed and standardized the list of goods with HS codes; promulgated the list of objects subject to specialized inspection before customs clearance that must meet the following criteria of having standards and technical regulations for inspection.
Besides the role of linking and promoting the ministries and branches, in the field of customs management, the General Department of Customs has actively reformed and modernized to create favorable conditions for export and import activities. Could the Deputy General Director give more prominent results in carrying out this important task?
The General Department of Customs has concentrated its resources, implemented actively and synchronously the tasks related to the NSW, ASW and trade facilitation in the field of customs management.
So far, all customs procedures have been linked to the NSW and are highly automated with 99.65% of firms using at 100% of customs units nationwide. The application of IT has shortened customs clearance time for enterprises, reduced paperwork and simplified customs records. At present, the time for receiving and clearing the Green Lane (without checking documents and actual goods inspection goods) is only 1-3 seconds.
Especially, from the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, the Customs will officially deploy the automatic customs management system at seaports and airports. According to the recent survey, enterprises highly appreciate the implementation of the system, because the records because the procedures to take goods out of the port warehouse is simpler; completely removing confirmation procedures of the customs inspection at the port; reducing contact between customs and businesses; reducing travel time to the procedures of export-import enterprises. On the other hand, the system overcomes the congestion at the port/warehouse, the speed of delivery is faster and the time that the goods are cleared/released to be out of port has decreased a lot, saving at least 1 to 2 hours/shipment...
In addition, the General Department of Customs deployed the scheme to pay electronic tax 24/7, helping businesses to pay taxes at anytime, anywhere, by every method. This ensures that tax payment information is prompt and accurate, making goods clearance right after paying tax...
With the series of efforts mentioned above, the time of completion of customs procedures in Vietnam is shortened to the average of the four leading ASEAN country members...
For specialized management, the General Department of Customs has taken the initiative in coordinating with ministries and sectors to build and complete legal documents on specialized management and inspection according to the Decision No. 2026/QD-TTg; reducing the list of goods subject to specialized inspection; implementing comprehensive reform of specialized inspection activities for import and export goods...
With the decisive direction of the Ministry of Finance and the efforts of the Customs sector, the time of carrying out customs procedures is reduced significantly. According to the survey results (General Department of Customs in cooperation with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Financial Times, News Department of Vietnam Television, Vietnam Customs Newspaper) in April 2018, in Hai Phong port area, the average time for carrying out customs procedures with export declarations via the Yellow Lane was only 30 minutes; (reducing by 4 hours 30 minutes compared to the World Bank's 2017 results); the time through Red Lane is 1 hour 7 minutes (reducing by 3 hours 53 minutes).
For imported goods, the average time for carrying out customs procedures with Yellow Lane declarations is 1 hour 31 minutes (reducing by 14 hours 29 minutes); The Red Lane is 3 hours 21 minutes (reducing by 12 hours 39 minutes).
Mr. Deputy General Director, for the Standing Agency of the National Steering Committee, what are the solutions that the General Department of Customs proposed to continue reform, simplify administrative procedures, reduce time for customs clearance, including the NSW implementation?
In order to accelerate the implementation of NSW, ASW and trade facilitation, the General Department of Customs continues to do better in coordinating and urging ministries and sectors to ensure the implementation in line with the plans and directions of the Commission. The General Department of Customs continues to recommend the Government, the Steering Committee of the ministries and branches to focus on implementing 6 groups of solutions:
Firstly, continuing to improve the legal basis and reform of administrative procedures to create a legal corridor for the use and exchange of electronic documents and electronic records for domestic administrative procedures, and for those with other countries - economic communities with the exchange of data between government agencies on the basis of the National Single Window.
Secondly, developing and deploying an IT system for the NSW deployment that is centrally managed on the National Single Window; perfecting the National Single Window for the ASW implementation; promoting the outsourcing of third party’s services in providing utilities for both enterprises and state management agencies.
Thirdly, continuing to train, propaganda and support for ministries, sectors and business community.
Fourthly, ensuring financial security to carry out the task of implementing the NSW, ASW and trade facilitation…
Fifthly, building and implementing a project on management of e-commerce activities for import – export goods.
Sixthly, establishing an independent monitoring and evaluation mechanism from the business community on the implementation of the tasks of ministries and sectors under the Government's programs and plans.
In the near future, in 2018, closely coordinating with ministries and sectors to promptly submit to the Government, the Prime Minister for approval of the Action Plan to promote the NSW, ASW, for the reform of the industrialization and trade facilitation in the period 2018 - 2020; the Decision to supplement the task of coordinating logistics activities into the Steering Committee 1899; the Decree on the NSW, ASW and import-export industry... deploying 130 new administrative procedures on the NSW.
On the specialized inspection, continuing to urge, coordinate with the ministries and branches to work out reform plans in the direction of specifying the list of items that will be cut and not be cut, so as to simplify the method of inspection and application of risk management; promulgating standards, together with the completion progress. Continuing to accelerate the solutions of modernization of specialized inspection as required and directed by the Government and the Commission.
Thank you, Deputy General Director!
By Nguyen Quoc/ Kieu Oanh