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Will check scrap containers with signs of violation

13:37 | 19/07/2018

VCN- During the process of reviewing and processing more than 3,000 containers of imported discarded materials at Cat Lai Port, the Customs officers shall carry out the search if detecting any suspicious goods.

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Imported electronic scraps were seized by the HCM City Customs Department. Photo: Thu Hoa.

Take responsibility if the goods do not meet the standard

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, the border Customs units are speeding up the handling of unsold goods, including more than 3,000 containers of scraps at Cat Lai port. During the process of reviewing and processing more than 3,000 containers of imported scraps at Cat Lai Port, the Customs officers shall carry out the search if detecting any suspicious goods.

The leader of Customs Branch of Cat Lai port said that in the process of requesting businesses to work, many businesses refused to receive goods. If the owners of the consignee on the bill of lading refuse to take goods, the containers of imported goods will be handled in accordance with the provisions of Circular 203/2014 / TT-BTC and guiding official letters of the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Particularly for goods which cause environmental pollution, goods owners, transport means owners, transport means operators or people authorized by means owners shall have to transport such goods out of the territory of Vietnam.

According to the Customs Branch of Saigon port 1, the determination of the owner of the scrap containers is only based on the information on the e-manifest system, which leads to inaccurate decisions.

In fact, some scrap importers registered their business addresses incorrectly or have moved their addresses without updating. Some of them have not gone through the Customs procedures for a long time so Customs officers can not contact them.

In addition, when the goods arrive at the port, if there is no Certificate, the importers carry out procedures for converting the name of the consignee to the importer with a valid certificate for the procedure, so the tracking is more difficult.

Most of out-of-stock goods, especially imported scraps that have not yet gone through Customs procedures, may not yet be identified by owners of goods. At this time, the Customs officers have not enough grounds to handle import-export enterprises.

Revise regulations for scrap management

According to Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, the Tan Cang Saigon Corporation and a number of shipping companies have informed the shipping lines to stop receiving scrap materials into the port, which is only a temporary measure to reduce cargo congestion at ports rather than long-term solutions.

In the current system of legal documents, there are no regulations on the ban or the conditions that must be met when transporting and receiving shipments of imported scrap into the port.

Accordingly, the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department proposed that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment should review the regulations and standards of scrap as raw materials for production; review waste processing capacity of enterprises; review the license issued by the competent Agency for Natural Resources and Environment and provide this list to the Customs officers for more appropriate measures as stipulated.

The General Department of Vietnam Customs recommended competent authorities to regulate the licensing of specialized ministries to change the management method for imported scraps.

For consignments of imported discarded materials (subject to a license), the contracting party shall require the seller to provide documentation proving the goods to be imported. At the same time, it must commit not to send goods banned from import.

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The Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department also proposed to amend and supplement the Law on Maritime Affairs and the Law on Handling of Administrative Violations, which stipulates the acts and forms of sanction for the transportation of conditional import goods when enterprises have not yet registered the declaration.

By Le Thu/ Hoang Anh