HCMC customs hold dialogue with businesses

Ho Chi Minh City Trade and Investment Promotion Center and Customs Department held a dialogue with about 180 export and import businesses on customs and tax procedures and policies on November 19.

Businesses do customs procedures at Saigon Port’s Region 1 (Photo: SGGP)

Deputy Head of the HCMC Customs Department Nguyen Huu Nghiep said the national electronic one-stop customs clearance system has well functioned. Businesses at the dialogue said it has helped them save much time and costs on export and import procedures.

However, several companies have not been able to do custom clearance online for not meeting requirements. For instance, the system does not allow those owing taxes to submit customs declarations, said Mr. Nghiep.

The department spent major time of the dialogue to answer queries of businesses, most related to the new e-customs system.

Mr. Nghiep said that the department would propose authorized agencies to work together to minimize unnecessary procedures for businesses, especially when the Customs Law is revised by the beginning of next year.

He proposed businesses to fulfill their tax duties, determine goods value, codes and origin for quicker and better customs clearance.

Most businesses agreed that administrative reform efforts by tax and customs agencies have contributed to reduce difficulties for them. However some said that procedures are still prolix and should be further streamlined to meet economy and integration requirements.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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