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Ho Chi Minh City Customs : Accelerating modernization, creating a stepping stone for the implementation of the Smart Customs model

Many reform and modernization programs have been effectively implemented by Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, creating a solid stepping stone towards a smart Customs model.

Customs officers of Tan Son Nhat airport – Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department check goods through scanners. Photo: T.H

Modernization from management to profession

Having just completed the Customs Reform and Development Strategy for the 2016-2020 period, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department is actively participating with the General Department of Customs in building digital customs, a smart customs model. One of the goals of this program is to modernize customs work. Therefore, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department has actively developed and implemented reform and modernization strategies to suit the situation and actual conditions of the largest local customs unit in the country.

Accordingly, in 2021, the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department will continue to expand the implementation of 2 major projects to be implemented from 2020 related to trade facilitation, preventing congestion at Cat Lai port and improving internal management. Department of Customs as well as towards promoting support for professional activities through the development and implementation of a customs administration system. With these 2 programs, all areas from staff management, office work to professional activities are applied technology in the direction of digital transformation to meet management requirements in the current context. scene of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

According to Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department Dinh Ngoc Thang, in the context of deepening economic integration, the flow of goods circulating between countries is increasing; The industrial revolution 4.0 is taking place strongly; … requires the Customs to apply a new and advanced management form with the goal of creating maximum trade facilitation for businesses. In addition to the above two core programs, in 2021, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department has proactively reformed administration and modernized customs to serve integration and development in all fields, such as: effectively deploying the VNACCS/VCIS system and supporting satellite programs for professional operations according to modern and centralized management methods; fully and effectively implement the National Single Window and the ASEAN Single Window; improve the efficiency of specialized inspection; strengthen the method of inspecting goods and luggage by scanners in order to reduce the inspection rate during customs procedures, step by step carry out inspection before carrying out customs procedures; deploying to provide the highest level of online public services, facilitating the operation of businesses in the area. Conduct training, guide professional processes, software and receive equipment to deploy electronic positioning seal system for monitoring for goods subject to customs supervision transported by container. ; Officially deploying the automatic monitoring system for airways for import and export goods at Tan Son Nhat International Airport Customs Branch.

Ready to pilot

Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department Dinh Ngoc Thang said that the customs reform and modernization work of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department in recent years has achieved many positive results, contributing to improving work efficiency and effectiveness. management results. In particular, the application of information technology and application of modern management methods in recent years has helped the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department effectively implement “dual goals”, while ensuring the requirements of prevention and control. The Covid-19 epidemic has stabilized the state management of customs, promoted and facilitated trade and socio-economic development.

However, in order to build a solid foundation and create a stepping stone towards the implementation of a smart customs model, the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department recommends that it is necessary to improve the system of customs legal documents. In which, it is necessary to amend legal documents, especially the Customs Law, in the direction of creating a legal basis for the implementation of a smart customs management model as well as reforming export-related procedures. import goods according to the standards of the Kyoto Convention (amended), commitments under the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the WTO and FTAs that Vietnam is a signatory to…

Along with that, in order to meet the needs of reform, modernization, trade facilitation, fulfill assigned political tasks, increase budget revenue, and at the same time promote effective prevention of smuggling and fraud. Trade, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department proposed and proposed a number of important contents. Regarding the state quality control and inspection of imported and exported goods, it is recommended to speed up the implementation of the Scheme on reforming the model of quality inspection and food safety inspection for imported goods. approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 38/QD-TTg dated January 12, 2021.

The key task of the Customs in the new period will be the prevention of illegal transportation and trade of drugs, weapons, wild animals and plants, and banned goods; prevention of origin fraud, trademark counterfeiting, IPR infringement, illegal transshipment… Therefore, it is necessary to fully equip customs offices with modern equipment and machinery to perform their duties.

According to leaders of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department, the Ministry of Finance, and the General Department of Customs are developing the “Smart Customs Management Model Project”, Ho Chi Minh City Customs is actively participating in the role of the unit chairing many projects. important business processes. With careful and sure preparation, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department boldly registered to be the first unit to pilot when the Scheme was approved.

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