Customs signed with 289 businesses to voluntarily comply with customs laws

The General Department of Customs said that in 2023, with efforts to implement the Support Program to encourage businesses to voluntarily comply with customs laws in phase 2, the program recorded a 36% increase in the number of member businesses. Compared to 2022, exceeding 16% of the target set under Decision No. 123/QD-TCHQ dated January 31, 2023.

“As of December 31, 2023, the customs agency signed a memorandum of understanding with 289 businesses participating in the pilot program to support and encourage businesses to voluntarily comply with customs laws according to Decision 1399/ Decision-TCHQ dated July 15, 2022”.

General Department of Customs.

In phase 1 (2022), customs authorities will sign a memorandum of understanding and jointly develop a voluntary compliance action plan for 213 businesses.

At the beginning of implementation, the customs industry only selected 7 Customs Departments, including: Hanoi, Hai Phong, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, and City. Ho Chi Minh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, to accompany and support businesses to restore production after the pandemic, then expand to all businesses.

To date, the program has been spread throughout the country, with 35/35 provincial and city customs departments implementing the pilot program to support and encourage businesses to voluntarily comply with customs laws.

In phase 2, the customs agency urges and guides, and the provincial and city customs departments proactively propagate and support businesses to participate in the program, which is recognized and supported by the business community.

“Results: signing memorandums of understanding for 76 businesses, completing and exceeding targets for administrative reform, simplifying customs procedures, and facilitating trade in 2023 according to Decision 123/QD -TCHQ on January 31, 2023, an increase of over 20% in the number of participating businesses compared to 2022,” the General Department of Customs stated.

Phó  Director General of the General Department of Customs Nguyen Van Tho informed about 10 outstanding events in the customs industry in 2023.
Deputy Director General of the General Department of Customs Nguyen Van Tho informed about 10 outstanding events in the customs industry in 2023.

Notably, according to Deputy Director General of the General Department of Customs Nguyen Van Tho, the compliance level of member businesses participating in the program has also improved. The number of businesses committing commercial fraud and smuggling elements decreased, while the number of law-abiding businesses increased.

Of these, 102 enterprises, accounting for 35% of the total number of participating enterprises, had their compliance level increased, and 141 enterprises, accounting for 48% of the total number of participating enterprises, maintained a high level of compliance.

The customs authority also supported 228 problems of member businesses, resolving 100% of requests for support and problems of program member businesses.

Businesses have improved their compliance level, so the rate of goods inspection has decreased significantly, the rate of green channels has increased, the rate of yellow and red channels has decreased; This result helps businesses save money and reduce customs clearance time.

Previously, on September 6, 2023, at the 2023 Customs – Business Forum organized by Customs Magazine, the General Department of Customs honored 10 businesses that actively participated in the program in recent times.

In October 2023, the program will also issue 207 certificates to member businesses to help businesses improve their brand, reputation and be a premise for businesses to enjoy incentives in business, import and export activities. domestically and in the international market.

With the above results, the program received a lot of positive feedback from the business community as businesses enjoyed practical benefits in reducing inspection rates, supporting convenient customs procedures, proactively prevent violations during import and export activities. Procedures for participating in the program are simple, minimizing administrative procedures and troublesome paperwork for businesses when participating.

In addition, businesses all realize that participating in the program turns the partnership between customs authorities and businesses into a trusted partner, businesses constantly spread the benefits of the program. to other partners and import-export businesses.

The customs industry sets a goal that after 2 years of implementation, 100% of businesses participating in the program will not be handled for violations of customs law, and will be assessed for compliance with the law at level 2 (compliance with the law). high compliance), level 3 (medium compliance).

After 5 years of implementing the program, through support activities and voluntary compliance of businesses, strive to increase the rate of businesses complying with levels 2 and 3 to over 20% of the total number of businesses operating exports. import.

On January 31, 2023, the General Department of Customs issued Decision No. 123/QD-TCHQ on assigning targets for administrative reform, simplifying customs procedures, and facilitating trade in 2023 with the goal of creating Maximum convenience for businesses importing and exporting goods, helping to save time and costs, shortening customs clearance and goods release times.

Accordingly, the customs industry sets a goal of increasing the number of businesses voluntarily participating in the Support Program to encourage businesses to voluntarily comply with customs laws by 20% compared to 2022 to improve the level of legal compliance. .

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