Cameras installed to supervise customs activities in Hai Phong

The Customs Department in the northern port city of Hai Phong will install more cameras to increase the supervision of customs activities and prevent violations by customs officials.

Customs officials work at Dinh Vu customs branch (Photo: VNA)

Customs officials work at Dinh Vu customs branch (Photo: VNA)

Supervision will particularly pertain to customs activities related to businesses, said Nguyen Sy Trang, the department’s deputy director, said on April 11.

Cameras will be installed in the offices of customs leaders, in areas where customs procedures take place as well as in sea ports and warehouses.

The decision comes after media reports of some customs officials at Dinh Vu port requesting businesses to pay extra fees under the table.

According to Nguyen Van Thanh, head of the customs branch at the port, cameras will be installed to supervise every corner.

Businesses can report about any customs officials violating regulations or asking them to pay unofficial fees to the department and branch managers by calling on their hotline numbers, which are publicised in areas dealing with customs activities, Thanh said.

The Hai Phong Customs Department has temporarily suspended three customs officials at the Dnh Vu port for alleged violations and imposed disciplinary action against two managers who directly supervised the corrupt officials.-VNA

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