One year implementation of the Customs Law: Many advantages for import and export operations.

On 08 Sep 2015, in Hanoi, the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) have cooperated with Governance for inclusive growth Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID GIG) to hold the conference for taking comments of enterprises on the implementation of the Customs Law 2014 and the guiding documents.
At the conference, the Department of  Customs Control and Supervision - General Department of Vietnam Customs said “this is an opportunity to listen to enterprises’ opinions, receiving intricacies and comments on the guiding documents of Customs Law 2014 so that GDVC amend, complete the system of legal documents, creating more favorable environment for import and export activities. In addition, GDVC also assess the impact and effectiveness of laws and enforcement guidelines”.
The Representative of Department of Customs Control and Supervision  said “after almost one year of implementing the Customs Law 2014, GDVC have issued 40 written documents to address the problems of the local customs Departments and the business community. Most of the problems are due to misunderstandings with the provisions of the Law and unclearness of the guidelines”
According to evaluation of the Department of Customs Control and Supervision, Customs Law has a positive impact on export activities and a number of customs operations.
The changes to the Customs Law and other documents detailing the implementation have far and deep impact on export activities of enterprises and the entire customs activities especially the customs operations.
In particular, customs procedures for export goods continues to be simplified from the documents to be submitted and presented to the customs authorities to performing time of steps during customs procedures.
Mode of modern customs operations on the principle of risk management has been applied in the whole inspection and supervision operations. The post clearnce audit is strengthened to ensure requirements on modern customs management.
Customs Law has created conditions to promote and improve the efficiency of anti-smuggling and and prevent illegally transported goods across the border, contributing to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and security. The Customs’ responsibility, competence and the task of preventing and combating smuggling and illegal transportation of goods across borders, within the area of ​​customs operation, is enhanced.
Customs officers’ professional qualification is specialized in each field; customs organizational structure was strengthened.
The rights and obligations of the customs declarants, the organizations and individuals involved are transparent.
Concerning to export-import taxes, new regulations have deregulated that the declarants, the taxpayers must submit the customs declartions which are already available or when unnecessary; provisions for tax exemption for machinery and equipment temporarily imported for re-export for testing or researching to develop  products are added.
However, besides that, there are still problems related to customs dossiers, the implementation has not been unified between the customs units, difficulties in implementing the provisions for checking liquidity profiles at business location…
In particular, professional specilized inspection is still considered as one of the most difficult problems in customs clearance procedures.
The Enterprises’ questions were clearly answered by the representatives of General Department of Customs.
The majority of enterprises rated  GDVC  as one of the leading units in facilitating business and actively organize seminars, dialogues to receive bussinesses’ comments.
On 10 Sep 2015, a similar conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh City to consult the business community at the South.