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Promote cooperation Vietnam- Cambodia Customs

13:49 | 20/09/2019

VCN- On September 17, in Ho Chi Minh City, Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Nguyen Cong Binh chaired the 4th Customs Border Meeting between the General Department of Vietnam Customs and the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia.  

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The meeting. Photo: T.D

Promote cooperation

At the meeting, Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Nguyen Cong Binh said over the past years, Vietnam and Cambodia Customs have implemented cooperative activities to facilitate trade, and strengthened information exchange on anti-smuggling, trade fraud and customs offences to ensure compliance with the laws in the management areas of each Customs authority.

The two Customs authorities signed a customs cooperation agreement in 2007 as a legal basis for promoting cooperation, especially on the road border between the two countries.

Customs units at all levels along the land border of the two countries have maintained cooperative relations, contributing to building solidarity, friendship, maintaining political security in the local area and creating conditions for trade, import and export of goods and tourism development.

Vietnam Customs has received strong support of Cambodian Customs in recent years not only in bilateral control programmes but also in regional forums.

Specifically, Cambodian Customs assisted Vietnam Customs in the Operation Mekong Dragon. During the operation, 164 cases were arrested and 2,279 kilograms of drugs were seized by Customs authorities and relevant authorities. The success of the operation has recognised the positive contribution of the participants, including the cooperation of Cambodian and Vietnamese Customs.

However, according to Deputy Director General Nguyen Cong Binh, in recent years, along with the strong and multi-dimensional development of global trade, there have been more and more sophisticated tricks of smuggling and trade fraud. Many transnational smuggling gangs have been established. This poses challenges for anti-smuggling forces of Customs authorities in general and Customs authorities with common borders such as Vietnam and Cambodia in particular.

Therefore, cooperation between the two Customs authorities with the key role of the anti-smuggling force is an indispensable factor. Strengthening cooperation, sharing information, supporting verification are necessary requirements between the two authorities, thereby supporting the specialised operations to ensure a favourable and safe trading environment for the community.

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Noun Chanrith Deputy Director General of the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia.

Noun Chanrith, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia, said cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia Customs is based on traditional neighbourly friendship. Cambodia Customs has always agreed and supported Vietnam Customs in cooperation, information exchange in the customs in general and anti-smuggling and trade fraud in particular between Vietnam and Cambodia. Recently, the cooperation between the two Customs authorities from the General Department level to the local level has achieved great results. In the future, Cambodia Customs will continue to support Vietnam Customs to achieve better results to facilitate import and export activities as well as prevent cross-border smuggled goods between the two countries, maintaining border security.

Finding solutions to strictly control transit goods

In the meeting, Vietnam and Cambodia Customs discussed the cooperation agreement between the two forces on activities such as information exchange and prevention of drug smuggling and scrap, especially, the control of transit goods from Vietnam to Cambodia.

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The two Customs authorities sign the 4th bilateral cooperation memorandum.

The representative of the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department under the General Department of Vietnam Customs, said the transit goods were managed in accordance with the law. Border gate customs branches have facilitated import and export activities in general and transit goods in particular.

However, in fact, there are activities that take advantage of preferential policies for smuggling and trade fraud. Subjects take advantage of the loopholes of the anti-smuggling forces to divide goods to transport into inland Vietnam for consumption.

At the same time, some enterprises have registered and opened declarations for transport of goods in transit to Cambodia but goods were misrepresented in name and value, goods are banned goods or there are signs of taking goods for consumption in Vietnam, causing serious consequences to Vietnam and Cambodia

On that basis, the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department has coordinated with the Customs Departments in provinces bordering Cambodia to implement measures such as supervising and implementing physical inspection of goods at exit border gate; supervising the transportation of goods from the entry border gate; coordinating in checking seal of means of transport and implementing physical inspection of goods at border gates with Cambodia; exchanging information on goods with the Cambodia Customs.

As a result, the forces inspected 38 shipments in transit through Cambodia and discovered 11 infringing consignments that were incorrectly declared name and origin of goods, and a case of breaking seal and taking all cargo in a container.

However, the control of transit goods from Vietnam to Cambodia is still facing difficulties. At some border gates, when transit goods are transported from Vietnam to Cambodia, smugglers illegal transport these goods through border crossings and trails beyond Customs control areas from Cambodia to Vietnam. In addition, due to differences in management methods, the two sides have not regularly exchanged data on transit goods.

Accordingly, to improve the effectiveness of cooperation, at the meeting, delegates discussed and agreed on strict control measures for this activity.

The Director of the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department under General Department of Vietnam Customs Nguyen Phi Hung said in the first six months of 2019, the Customs Enforcement forces of Vietnam Customs have strengthened the deployment of specialised measures, arrested 8,933 cases of smuggling and trade frauds with the value of infringing goods of 1,426 billion and collected VND 157 billion, prosecuted 20 cases and transferred 51 cases to other authorities for prosecution.

The main commodities seized such as Thai sugar, tobacco, drugs, hazardous waste, consumer goods with high tax rates, especially alcohol, cosmetics, mobile phones; used consumer goods such as refrigerators, air conditioners, bicycles, machinery and auto parts, affecting the economy and causing tax losses and unstable security of the two countries.

In the Vietnam-Cambodia border area, in the first six months of 2019, the department discovered and arrested 576 commercial frauds and illegal transportation. The value of infringing goods was VND 12.8 billion. Fined 578 administrative cases, prosecuted two cases and transferred two cases to other agencies for prosecution.

By Thu Diu/Ngoc Loan