Customs amendment act: comprehensive innovation of customs activities

T.V  4/07/2014 12:00 AM

Customs law approved by the National Assembly on June 29, 2001 came into operation from January 1, 2002 and Law on amendment, supplement a number of articles of customs law passed on June 14, 2005 by the National Assembly took effect since January 1, 2006. Since coming into operation, Customs Law has made contribution to promoting progress of administrative reform, facilitating for investment environment, trading development and ensuring economic security as well as sovereignty interest and national security. However, the current customs law revealed limitations and needed amending.

The necessity of amending customs law

 The amendment of customs law rises from the following reasons:
-The requirement of further international integration for the cause of external economic development defined in the short term as well as in the long term.
- The amendment of Customs law creates legal corridor for customs modernization, wide application of e-customs procedures and meeting better demand of socialist oriented market economy.
- The requirement of administrative reform, customs procedure reform intend to the better publicity, transparency and effectiveness in customs activities, simultaneously create legal basis for improving effectiveness and validity of national  benefit and sovereignty protection, preventing and combatting smuggling and trade fraud.
- Creating a commonly and uniformly legal environment for the economy and overcoming limitations of the current customs law.

Comprehensive innovation of customs activities

Thorough opinion during the process of building Customs amendment act is comprehensive innovation of customs activities by facilitating the application of modern customs management to suit with international general rules and ensure political security, sovereignty interest and national security. In addition, it aims at contributing to foreign investment attraction, improving domestic and international competitiveness capacity of enterprises to promote economic growth. Specifically, there are four main targets when amending customs law as follows:

 Firstly, creating legal basis for implementing socio-economic development strategy towards 2020-2030 passed by the National Assembly, financial development strategy and customs development strategy approved by the Prime Minister.

 Secondly, correcting and supplementing regulations to make contribution to implementing strategies assigned by the communist party and government for international integration in general and international economic integration in particular and agree with international agreements that Vietnam has recently joined.

Thirdly, renovating content and regulations towards increasing the number of regulation to reform administrative; carrying out customs procedures reform towards simplicity, clearness, publicity, convenience, and unity to facilitate trade and agree with international general rules; implementing e-customs procedures and national single window to facilitate enterprises for socio-economic development.
Fourthly, improving capacity and effectiveness of customs activities in implementing national sovereignty protection, economic security; enhancing validity and effectiveness in preventing and combating against smuggling, illegal transportation of good across the border, trade fraud; strengthening the cooperation between the concerned governmental agencies, organizations and individuals  with customs bodies in implementing law in customs.
Source: General Department of Vietnam Customs