HCMC aims to halve customs clearance time

The HCM City customs department aims to cut the time it takes for clearing goods by half by the end of this year. — Photo zing.vn The HCM City customs department aims to cut the time it takes for clearing goods by half by the end of this year, Dinh Ngoc Thang, its deputy head, told the media on the sidelines of a meeting with American businesses on Wednesday. The meeting, “American businesses and HCM City customs agencies are reliable partners for development”, was a forum for the department to apprise businesses about new customs-related laws and respond to their questions and feedback on issues related to customs procedures. Such meetings have been held since the beginning of last year and have proved to be conducive to enhancing relations customs and businesses and resolving problems, Thang said. “Last year, we also met with Eurocham, AmCham and Japanese businesses. Most of the problems they reported have been addressed thoroughly. “We have also kept them updated on amendments to legal documents on customs administration to help them avoid mistakes.” After the meeting requests and feedback from businesses would be collected and submitted to official agencies to aid amendments and supplements to customs laws, he said. Having these two-way exchanges benefit both businesses and the department because “Once businesses’ issues are addressed, customs procedures are speeded up. And that would help us achieve our revenue target.” According to the department’s report, it collected more than VND109 trillion (US$4.8 billion) in export and import… [Read full story]

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