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Vietnam to make comprehensive reforms in specialized management

The Hanoitimes – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has instructed relevant ministries and agencies to scrutinize all specialized management and inspections in a move to eliminate unnecessary or overlapped ones in 2018.
In a recent meeting with the National Steering Committee for the ASEAN Single Window, National Single Window and trade facilitation, Hue said it is necessary to simultaneously facilitate trade and fight trade fraud, while preventing red tape caused in the name of trade fraud prevention.
Hue told the relevant ministries and agencies to remove at least 50% of goods from the list of items subject to specialized examination. They also have to reduce the rate of goods batches subject to specialized examination during customs clearance from 30-35% of the total batches at present to 15% in the second quarter of 2018.
Besides, they are required to apply international practices, simplify administrative procedures and strengthen post clearance audit.
For imported and exported goods subject to specialized inspections, the list of goods subject to specialized inspection must be issued and enclosed with HS code in accordance with the Vietnam Export and Import Classification Nomenclature.
The standards or inspection methods must be announced, Hue said, adding that the lists without standards or inspection methods must be abolished.
To meet the target, Hue required the Ministry of Finance, in conjunction with the Ministry of Communications and Information to implement the IT system to serve the National Single Window mechanism and the ASEAN Single Window mechanism in 2018, ensuring the information connection safely.
The relevant ministries and sectors must carry out all 130 new administrative procedures in 2018 as registered in the master plan for implementing the National Single Window and the ASEAN Single Window for 2016-2020, he said.
The committee’s standing agency reported that as of December 15, 2017, 11 ministries and sectors had implemented 47 procedures of the National Single Window mechanism, up eight procedures from 2016, and handled more than 790,700 dossiers submitted by some 19,980 businesses. From January 1 to December 15, 2017, over 554,500 dossiers were handled, up 272 per cent year on year.
According to a report of the World Bank in 2017, the time for direct customs’ clearance for export goods at ports of entry in Vietnam reduced by three hours, while that for import goods was cut down by six hours. Costs for direct customs clearance at ports of entry for one batch of exports or import goods declined US$19.
Data as of December 15, 2017, showed that businesses saved more than $205 million on customs clearance procedures, over 15 million hours of storage for exports and over 33 million hours of storage for imports.
The Ministry of Finance said by December 2017, ministries and sectors had amended and supplemented 74 out of 87 documents on specialized management and examination. Some documents were revised to facilitate businesses and reduce time for customs clearances, which were applauded by the business community.
In 2017, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) conducted a survey to find out how companies felt about customs activities. Accordingly, 25 per cent of the 1,000 respondents said it was difficult and very difficult to carry out specialized examination procedures, while only 8 per cent shared the view that it was easy and very easy to undertake the procedures.
Some 39 per cent of the surveyed enterprises said there were too many regulations on specialized examination, making it difficult for them to comply with. Meanwhile, 98 per cent perceived that many regulations did not match the reality, and 81 per cent said it took a long time for examination.
Source: http://www.hanoitimes.vn/economy/2018/02/81E0C1A3/vietnam-to-make-comprehensive-reforms-in-specialized-management/