Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the customs department to upgrade import-export procedures to regional standards, saying the extra time taken in Viet Nam is “unacceptable.”
In a Wednesday meeting, he told leading officials of the Viet Nam General Department of Customs that they should simplify processes and procedures related to export and import and cut the time involved.
He also said that Viet Nam Customs should improve its management capacity and reform in ways that made it more effective, transparent and in line with international norms.
In a stern assessment, he said many customs staff ignored their responsibilities and lacked a service-minded attitude.
“There are cases of corruption, harassment and causing trouble for people and enterprises.
“There are also customs staff who collude with enterprises in smuggling and allow wrongful customs clearance to avoid paying due taxes, causing losses to the State budget and affecting the business environment,” he said.
He called for further application of information technology to facilitate export/import procedures and reduce contact time between enterprises and customs officers.
Deputy General Director of Viet Nam Customs, Nguyen Duong Thai, said that in the first six months of this year, the sector’s contribution to the State budget was VND117.5 trillion (nearly $5.5 billion), 24.4 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 2013. Of this, VND38.1 trillion ($1.8 billion) came in import-export taxes, VND6.9 trillion ($329 million) in special consumption taxes, VND94 billion ($4.4 million) in environmental protection tax and VND72.2 trillion ($3.4 billion) in value-added tax.
Thai also said that the Viet Nam Automate Cargo and Port Consolidated System and the Viet Nam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS), which help speed up e-customs applications in the country, had been implemented at all 34 departments in cities and provinces with the participation of over 28,400 enterprises.