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Ministry of Finance holds online meeting to discuss the draft circular on Customs value

17:52 | 25/07/2019

VCN- To unify contents amending and supplementing some articles of Circulars 39/2015/TT-BTC regulating Customs value for import and export goods, on July 22, Deputy Minister of Finance Vu Thi Mai chaired an online meeting with units under the Ministry of Finance, the General Department of Vietnam Customs and some local customs departments about these revised contents.

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The online meeting. Photo: T.Tr

According to Deputy Minister Vu Thi Mai, the meeting aims for the Ministry’s leaders to receive comments on the draft circular amending and supplementing some articles of Circular 39/2015/TT-BTC on Customs value for import and export goods before promulgation.

Customs value is a key content in Customs management in particular and import and export activities in general. After four years of implementation, Circular 39/2015/TT-BTC dated March 15, 2015 regulating Customs value for import and export goods conveys technical contents on Customs valuation of the WTO Valuation Agreement into the national legal document system and fulfilled Vietnam's obligations as a member of the WTO.

It establishes a management system for Customs valuation for import and export goods from the general department level to the customs branch level, and defines responsibilities of each management level for the identification, inspection and redetermination of Customs value in Customs clearance and post-clearance audit.

Circular 39/TT-BTC is important part to speeding up customs clearance and reducing cargo congestion at customs branches; improving the efficiency of control, preventing price fraud and ensuring revenue for the State budget.

However, in addition to the positive impacts, during the implementation of Circular 39/2015/TT-BTC, there are some shortcomings that need to be amended and supplemented such as some concepts have not defined in legal normative documents of customs value; regulations on principles, methods have many different understandings that leads to difficulty in research and implementation for organisations and individuals related to the determination of customs value.

Amendments and supplements to Circular 39/2015 / TT-BTC are to specify regulations on Customs value and be consistent with relevant laws and international regulations on Customs value.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the draft circular will focus on revising four key contents on Customs valuation regulations.

The group of issues on general regulations: Supplementing some concepts, powers and obligations of Customs authorities in Customs valuation.

For the group of issues on principles and methods on Customs valuation, it focuses on two key contents including principles and methods of Customs valuation for export goods and principles and methods of Customs valuation for import goods.

For issues on customs valuation methods, it will amend and supplement many regulations that have shortcomings in reality such as: transaction value method; transaction value of similar imported goods; Customs valuation for imported goods under residual method; and supplementing regulations on Customs value for specialised goods.

The fourth group is database, this group will focus on developing, managing and using the list of risk management, in which the management method will be amended, instead of risk management by goods, enterprises subject to risk management will be supplemented.

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At the meeting, local customs departments and departments under the General Department of Vietnam Customs appreciated the amendments and supplements to the regulations on Customs value and said shortcomings have been removed and prevent disputes between the Customs authority and enterprise, ensuring consistency with the current regulations and international practice.

Some said the draft circular should supplement regulations on e-transaction; tax rate for goods transacted in the domestic market, specify the concept of direct payment, successful payment and payment later; regulations on the taxable price to the exit border gate, taxable price for software attached to devices; Customs valuation in case of special relationship; Customs valuation for goods subject to destruction. The comments were analysed and explained by the drafting committee.

By Thu Trang/Ngoc Loan