The general Department of Customs has selected Da Nang Port and Dong Nai Province for trial of an automated customs clearance programme next year. The general Department of Customs has approved the Customs Action Programme for 2004–006.
Accordingly, the customs department will review all customs agreements Vietnam has made commitments under Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreements, the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), the Vietnam-US Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA).
This year the general Department of Customs will complete the review of 68 regulations and issue 23 new policies in preparation for necessary conditions to realise Vietnam’s international commitments related to customs under the amended Kyoto Convention, the general Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT), the TRIPs Convention, and others.
During the course of the year, the customs sector has been trailing and developing automated clearance procedures for export goods. The customs sector will implement the automated clearance mechanism across the board in industrial and export processing zones in southern Dong Nai Province and the Da Nang Port. It will also institute modern customs procedures at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City, and Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
The customs sector is aiming for a completely automated customs formality system for export goods and to be trailing it on import goods by 2006.