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Promoting cooperation between Vietnam-UK Customs

18:23 | 08/07/2019

VCN- On the afternoon of July 5, 2019, at the headquarters of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), London, United Kingdom, Mr. Jim Harra, Second Permanent Secretary, Tax Assurance Commissioner, Deputy Chief Executive of HMRChad a working session with Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung and the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Nguyen Van Can to promote Customs cooperation between the two countries.

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The working session. Photo: Thu Nga

At the working session, Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung thanked Mr. Jim Harra for working with the delegation of the Ministry of Finance and the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Minister Dinh Tien Dung appreciated the cooperation between the two Customs authorities in sharing information, supporting information verification and investigation to prevent customs offences.

In order to establish the legal framework for long-term and sustainable cooperation between the two Customs authorities, Dung asked the two Customs agencies to consider negotiating and signing the agreement on mutual administrative support at the Government level. The negotiation and signing of this agreement is also consistent with the strategic partnership and cooperation between Vietnam and the UK.

Dung also proposed the UK Government support in training human resources and sharing experiences in managing Customs duties and cross-border e-commerce, deploying National Single Window and applying advanced techniques and modern customs procedures.

Jim HarraappreciatedVietnam’s rapid development and the openapproachand said that trade facilitation is also one of the goals of UK Customs,in which cooperation between Vietnam and UK Customs will be a new directionto achieve this goal.

The HMRC is a Customs authority that has a professional force and experience in preventing tax fraud to ensure the State budget revenue and specializing in customs and tax operation. However, HMRC continues to modernize customs to meet the developments of trade and transformation.

For the proposal of Dung on supporting Vietnam Customs in tax administration,Jim Harra said HMRC is willing to cooperate with Vietnam, however, it is necessary to understand the specific needs of Vietnam to provide appropriate support.

Mr. Jim Harra, Second Permanent Secretary, Tax Assurance Commissioner, Deputy Chief Executive of HMRC and also the head of HMRC in negotiating with the EU on Brexit.

By Thu Nga/Ngoc Loan