VCN- The Ministry of Finance has issued guidelines on Customs procedures for transshipment of cargoes at the same international transshipment port and among international transshipment ports.
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|Imports and exports at Cai Mep - Thi Vai port. Photo: Nguyen Hue.|
Under the guidance of the Ministry of Finance, there will be the pilot transshipment of cargoes among international transshipment ports applied for ports in Ho Chi Minh City and Cai Mep - Thi Vai for export.
Customs procedures are implemented in accordance with Government’s Decree 08/2015 / ND-CP, the Ministry of Finance’s Circular 38/2015 / TT-BTC and related documents. In particular, Customs dossiers shall comply with the provisions on Customs dossiers for goods in transit in Clause 2, Article 42 of Government’s Decree No. 08/2015 / ND-CP. Customs procedures shall be carried out in accordance with the guidance on Customs procedures for goods transported independently in Clause 1, Article 51 of Circular No. 38/2015 / TT-BTC of the Ministry of Finance, issued along with the General Department of Vietnam Customs’ Decision 1966 / QD-TCHQ and other related documents.
In addition, the above mentioned transshipped goods are subject to the policy for goods in transit through the territory of Vietnam as stipulated in Article 40 of Decree 187/2013 / ND-CP.
In the official dispatch sent to Customs Departments of provinces and cities, the Ministry of Finance has also guided Customs procedures for goods in transit among transshipment areas at the same international transshipment port.
Specifically, the transshipped goods are transported among storage areas at the same seaport managed by different Customs Branches but belong to a Customs Department of the province or city for export.
Regarding Customs procedures, port enterprises shall make the list of goods packed in transshipment containers (3 copies according to form No. 21 / BKTrC / GSQL, Annex V issued together with the Ministry of Finance's Circular No. 38/2015 / TT-BTC) to the Customs Branch where the transhipped goods are transported.
The Customs Branch where the transhipped goods are transported and the Customs Branch where the transshipped goods come shall carry out the procedures for checking dossiers and goods in transit.
Intermediary service businesses make and declare container numbers without declaring the number of seals.
Earlier, there were difficulties in Customs procedures for goods in transit deriving from the provisions of Article 44 of Government’s Decree No. 08/2015 / ND-CP: "Transshipped goods are goods brought from abroad to the transshipment area, then they will be taken directly from this transit area and are not allowed to be transported within the territory of Vietnam for export through other border gates except in the case where international treaties to which Vietnam is a party or decisions of the Prime Minister. Transhipped goods are shipped overseas in whole or in part to the port of shipment".
Thus, international transshipped goods are not allowed to be transported among international seaports in the territory of Vietnam for export except in the case where they comply with treaties to which Vietnam is a contracting party or decisions of the Prime Minister. This has a direct impact on the business of shipping lines, affecting the competitiveness of Vietnam's international seaports.
Therefore, the Ministry of Finance has proposed to the Prime Minister to remove obstacles for the transport of transshipped goods among international transshipment ports. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Trinh Dinh Dung has agreed to the Ministry of Finance's proposal for pilot transhipment of goods transported among international seaports in Ho Chi Minh City and Cai Mep - Thi Vai for export. Accordingly, the Ministry of Finance is assigned to guide Customs procedures to implement and ensure strict management.
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By Ngoc Linh/ Hoang Anh