CMA CGM announces the resumption of CIMEX 9 service. By integrating this third service connecting Asia with Iran, CMA CGM is providing an enhanced coverage in the region.


Through CIMEX 9, CMA CGM will be able to provide:


  • third direct service between Asia and Iran on top of our current CIMEX 6 and CIMEX 8
  • comprehensive coverage of North East Asia with direct loading ex Taiwan, Central and South China to Iran
  • Additional opportunities with access to CIS countries through Bandar Abbas
  • Fast connections to Chabahar (East Iran) in transhipment via Bandar Abbas connecting our Indiagulf service




CIMEX 9 features are the following:

  • Rotation: Kaohsiung – Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Shenzhen (Da Chan Bay) – Bandar Abbas (T2) – Jebel Ali
    • Service commencement: December 16th in Kaohsiung and December 19th in Shanghai WGQ with m/v BASHT voy. 039 GSW
  • Transit times: Shanghai to Bandar Abbas in 19 days, Ningbo to Bandar Abbas in 17 days



VCN – Recently, the Ministry of Transport has fundamentally change the method of management for specialised inspections with the implementation of risk assessment management. Despite a wide application of international practices and enhancement of post clearance audits, there have still been overlaps in the specialised inspection process between the Ministry of Transport and other ministries.

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Lang Son Customs officers inspected imported cars. Photo: Hong Nu

Not too much but still overlap

According to the report by the Ministry of Transport, up to now the number of items subject to specialised inspection under the management of the Ministry of Transportation is 160 items. Of which 107 items are recognized on the results of specialised inspection; 35 items are subject to pre-clearance inspection, and 125 items are subject to post-clearance audit.

At present, the Vietnam Register (Ministry of Transport) has recognized the results of inspection and testing and certification of EU and G7, with the cooperation and interchange of agreements between the Vietnam Register and the Maritime World Registers of Ships (maintaining interchange agreements with 21 of the leading world registers of ships) and the United Nations.

However, according to the Customs Control and Supervision Department (General Department of Customs), the number of items subject to specialized inspection by the Ministry of Transport is not much but there is still overlap in the inspection between the Ministry of Transport with other ministries. Specifically, agricultural tractors must be inspected in accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Transport ( Circular 89/2015 / TT-BGTVT) and of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Circular 50 / 2010 / TT-BNNPTNT). And motorbikes with the capacity of 175 cm3 or more must be subject to both quality inspection under the Ministry of Transportation’s Circular 44/2012 / TT-BGTV and automatic licenses under Circular 06 / 2007 / TT-BTM of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Notably, Appendix 1 attached with Circular 39/2016 / TT-BGTVT of the Ministry of Transport provides the list of goods and products possible to cause insecurity under the state management responsibility with HS code, stipulates many items must submit a certificate of conformity and announce the conformity before clearance, such as; cars, motorbikes, electric bicycles, specialized cars and motorbikes. Some items which are subject to quality inspection before clearance in accordance with provisions in Ministry of Transport documents (such as Circular 41/2013/TT-BGTVT for electric bicycles; Circular 44/2012/TT-BGTVT for motor car, motorbikes and Circular. 89/2015/TT-BGTVT for specialised motorbikes

Thus, according to the above regulations, these items must be subject to various forms of management / inspection before Customs clearance. When carrying out import procedures, enterprises must present / submit to the Customs agencies documents such as a written conformity announcement, certificate of conformity, and notification of the state quality inspection results.

According to Circular 39 of the Ministry of Transport, fork-lift trucks (HS code 8427) must be certified and announced on the conformity before clearance. Also, the forklift truck (and other works trucks fitted with lifting equipment) with the same HS code 8427 must be certified and announced on the conformity after the Customs clearance. The inconsistency in regulations thus makes it difficult for both Customs and enterprises to distinguish which type of forklift truck must be certified and announced on the conformity before customs clearance.

Looking back on regulations on specialized inspection

Facing the above situation, the Customs Control and Supervision Department suggested that the Ministry of Transport should coordinate with the specialised management ministries to review the overlapping items being subjected to many forms of management and inspection at the clearance time. The order to unify management measures is under the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, Official Letter No. 5621 / VPCP-KTTH of the Government’s Office.

At the same time, the Ministry of Transport has proposed to review the list of goods in the group 2 which is subject to management, in the direction of reducing the lists subject to inspection at Customs clearance time to the lowest possible level and clarify that Customs authorities shall not inspect the certificate of conformity during the clearance of goods. The Ministry of Transport should guide the management form for each forklift truck so that Customs and enterprises can implement conveniently and synchronously.

In addition, to unify the code of goods subject to specialised management and inspection under the Vietnam Import and Export goods Classification in compliance with AHTN 2017 (based on HS 2017 of the WCO) effective from 1st January 2018. The Customs Control and Supervision Department requires that for documents which have not been issued the specialized lists or have already been issued the specialised list without a HS code, the Ministry of Transport should actively develop the list and cooperate with the Ministry of Finance (the General Department of Customs) to unify the HS codes in accordance with the Vietnam Import and Export Goods Classification 2017.

For specialized lists which have HS codes based on the AHTN 2012 (according to Circular 103/2015 / TT-BTC), the Ministry of Transport is requested to take the initiative in reviewing and coordinating with the Ministry of Finance (The General Department of Customs) to convert and unify the HS codes in accordance with the Vietnam Import and Export Goods Classification 2017.

Commenting on the specialised inspection under the Ministry of Transport, Chairman of the Government’s Office, Minister Mai Tien Dung, said that the Ministry of Transport should vigorously apply; the form of specialized inspection transferred from pre-clearance audit into post clearance audit, method of risk management, assess the law compliance of enterprises, facilitate lawful enterprises, and apply mutual recognition of developed countries.

By Xuan Thao/ Huyen Trang



VCN- By the beginning of 2018, goods are imported and exported at 3 seaports and 1 warehouse at Tan Son Nhat International Airport will be automatically supervised by Ho Chi Minh City Customs when the Department deploys the Scheme under the Decision 4098/KH-TCHQ dated 21st June 2017 of the General Department of Vietnam Customs.  

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Mr. Dinh Ngoc Thang presented the Scheme of supervision at a press conference. Photo: T.H

The information was stated by the leader of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department in a press conference on 11th December 2017, on the deployment of the Automated Custom management system in seaports and airports (the former name of the Scheme, “management, supervision of goods at seaports and air ports”).

Deputy Director in charge of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department Dinh Ngoc Thang, said that Ho Chi Minh City Customs is the first unit in the South selected by Ministry of Finance and the General Department of Vietnam Customs for pilot implementation of this scheme. Currently, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department has trained for sea port and airport operators to basically prepare for the implementation of the Scheme at 3 seaports and Tan Son Nhat airport by 1st January 2018.

3 seaports and 1 warehouse are piloted including: Lotus Port (Customs Branch of Sai Gon Zone 3), SP-ITC (Customs Branch of Zone 1), ICD Phuoc Long (Customs Branch of Zone 4) and SCSC warehouse (Customs Branch of Tan Son Nhat International Airport).

Mr. Dinh Ngoc Thang said that the system had integrated many modern management programs and contributed to closely and promptly supervising movement and situation of goods in and out of ports, warehouses as well as transport of goods among arrears under Customs supervision.

This scheme will create new breakthroughs in Customs management in seaports and airports, and shorten the time and cost of businesses and strengthen the management of the Customs agency, and enhance the law compliance of businesses and prevent trade fraud and smuggling.

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Binh, Head of Customs Control and Supervision Division said that the Customs previously implemented VNACCS/VCIS to facilitate goods clearance. In order to continuously create the further favorable condition in importing and exporting goods, Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department implemented the automated supervision system. All imported goods which were transported, loaded and unloaded in ports were closely supervised by the automated system. Also, exported goods were controlled by this system.

At the press conference, representatives of seaport and warehouse operators participating in this pilot said that they were ready for the pilot implementation of Scheme. Mr. Trinh Chinh Sinh, Deputy Director of ICD Phuoc Long said that in past years, the Customs implemented many modern management programs and Customs procedure reform. The implementation of this Scheme aimed to further facilitate import and export businesses in the process of goods in and out of ports. The most important thing is that parties agreed to implement the plan set by the General Department of Vietnam Customs and facilitate import and export businesses and transporters and warehouse operators.

However, the representatives of sea port operators worried that the interruption and a problem in internet connection in the pilot implementation may be incurred. Thereby, the Customs needs to have another plan to prevent the congestion in delivery and release of goods for businesses.

The representative of Lotus Port said that the plan will be implemented by 1st January 2018, but currently, guidance circulars and documents have not been issued. The company worried that when implementing the plan, whether the circulars and documents would affect it or not. Especially, as the time for starting the plan is approaching the Lunar New Year and the volume of imported and exported goods is very large. Therefore, the Company worried about the interruption causing difficulties for imports and exports.

Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department Nguyen Huu Nghiep, answered the questions from businesses. In the pilot time, the Customs selected 3 ports and 1 warehouse having less volume of imported and exported goods to implement. In addition, the General Department of Vietnam Customs supported Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department and warehouse and port operators, to have another specific plan not to affect the goods clearance of import and export businesses.

By Le Thu/Ngoc Loan



German shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd has completed the integration of UAE-based counterpart United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) into the group on November 30.

The companies merged on May 24, 2017, and within the subsequent six months, the operating businesses, the IT systems, the different fleets, and the corresponding departments and country organizations were brought together.

“Thanks to the very good cooperation of our teams we have managed to successfully implement this integration in just six months. In the process, our extensive experience from earlier mergers – such as with CP Ships in 2005 and with CSAV in 2014 – helped us a lot,” Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said.

With a fleet of 215 modern container ships, offering 125 liner services in a global network, Hapag-Lloyd is now the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world with one of the youngest and most competitive fleets in the sector, the company informed.

Beginning in 2019, Hapag-Lloyd expects annual synergies of USD 435 million as a result of the merger with UASC.

“Already in 2018, we will benefit from the merger of the two shipping companies due to significant cost reductions,” Habben Jansen concluded.

The parties signed a business combination agreement (BCA) in July 2016. Since then the approval was granted from roughly a dozen competition authorities across the world. In addition, changes in the corporate legal structure were made and the consent of several banks was obtained, the German carrier earlier said.



Image Courtesy: Maersk Line

Maersk Line’s acquisition of German container shipping line Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (Hamburg Süd) from the Oetker Group was closed today, the liner company informed.

The closure follows the final regulatory approval of 23 needed, which was obtained by the company on November 28 from the Korea Fair Trade Commission. All regulatory clearances were secured in less than a year, as Maersk Line announced its acquisition plans in December 2016.

“With the final approval of the acquisition, we have reached an important milestone in our strategy to become an integrated transport and logistics company delivering sustainable growth. These are truly exciting times and we are looking forward to taking the first steps forward as one company,” says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.

“Hamburg Süd is an outstanding brand with high quality products. By combining our two businesses we will reinforce the global positions of both companies and enhance our service offers towards customers.”

The acquisition is in line with Maersk Line’s growth strategy. Combined, the two companies will be able to realise operational synergies in the region of USD 350-400 million annually as from 2019, primarily derived from integrating and optimizing the vessel networks as well as utilizing the terminal capacity in APM Terminals.

Upon transfer of ownership, Dr. Ottmar Gast will retire as Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd to become new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hamburg Süd. Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk, will become Board Member of the Supervisory Board of Hamburg Süd. New CEO for Hamburg Süd will be Dr. Arnt Vespermann, Maersk Line said.

“Becoming part of the world’s number one shipping company will create a lot of opportunities. We will strengthen Hamburg Süd in the global playing field and grow our market share together. At the same time, Hamburg Süd will continue serving our customers as a separate brand,” says Vespermann said.

Together, Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd will have a total container capacity of 4.15 million TEU and a 19.3% global fleet capacity share, according to Alphaliner’s assessment. 105 Hamburg Süd vessels will be integrated into the fleet of Maersk Line. The combined fleet will include a total of 773 owned and chartered vessels.

Maersk Line will acquire Hamburg Süd for EUR 3.7 billion ( USD 4.4 bn) on a cash and debt-free basis through a syndicated loan facility.



VCN – On September 27, 2017, at the Dialogue conference with Dutch companies, the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department has guided and removed many obstacles related to Customs procedures and tax policies.

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The HCMC Customs dialogue with Dutch companies. Photo: Thu Hoa

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Carel Richter from Netherlands consulate-general in Ho Chi Minh City said that through this conference, Dutch companies grasped full information related to Customs policies and procedures aimed at increasing import-export activities in Vietnam

“The Netherlands has selected Vietnam as a priority country for business investment, there are many Dutch companies doing business successfully in Vietnam. We would like to have conferences like this to connect between competent agencies and companies. At the same time, companies can exchange and share unknown information and problems with the Customs “added by Mr. Carel Richter.

Deputy Director of the HCMC Customs Department Nguyen Huu Nghiep said that over the past time, besides the periodical business dialogue conferences, the Department has held specialized conferences to direct dialogue with foreign-invested enterprises by region and territory to focus on guiding and removing specific problems and obstacles.

With the desire to continue to listen to the opinions from the business community to respond promptly in order to guide companies to abide by the law and to know as well as to enjoy Vietnam Government’s incentives fully and comprehensively.

According to the HCMC Customs Department, most of the Dutch importers of goods which are machinery and foodstuffs must be governed by many documents, so Customs agencies are responsible for guiding and issuing specific solutions to help the companies understand and strictly follow these documents.

In order to guide businesses, the competent units of the HCMC Customs Department have introduced a number of new documents and policies on management of imports and exports, which are applied in 2017; latest tax policies, as well as warned common violations for enterprises to actively avoid.

At the conference, the HCMC Customs Department answered questions related to analysis and classification of goods; exchange rate; the right of export and import of foreign-invested enterprises and commodity code identification.

Regarding questions of Philips Vietnam Company on the temporary import and re-export, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy head of the Supervision and Management Department under the HCM City Customs Department answered that according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Circular No. 11/2017 / TT-BCT, temporary import, re-export and transshipment does not apply to foreign-invested enterprises.

Regarding import procedures on the e-Customs system, a representative from a company reflected that his company has registered e- Customs declaration and the shipments have been cleared, but when his company received goods, they still submitted paper dossier

The HCMC Customs Department replied that now, Customs procedures have been applied through VNACCS / VCIS, companies are required to submit paper dossiers for shipments which are classified into Yellow and Red channels. The submission can be implemented electronically or directly at Customs offices when carrying out Customs procedures.

The types of documents required to submit in the paper include import/ export license, notification of specialized inspection results, or exemption from specialized inspection, C / O if companies have not joined the National Single Window Portal. For the Green, channel companies are not required to submit any paper documents. Regarding these reflections, the HCMC Customs Department noted that companies should study current regulations to implement and not to carry out any requirements beyond the regulations.

Answering the questions from Hitec Vietnam Co., Ltd on determination of wastage rate of imported raw materials processed and produced for export, a representative of the HCMC Customs Department stated that according to current regulations, companies do not have to declare the norms at the registration time of Customs declaration, the Customs inspects at the time of companies’ final settlement. Companies carry out the self-declaration and have self-responsibility for those declarations, thus, the companies must prepare full related records and documents when liquidating the Customs declarations.

In order to better facilitate import and export activities, Mr. Nguyen Huu Nghiep notified that according to the current regulations, companies are entitled to apply for the advance ruling of their goods code, Customs value, and origin to the Customs. The related forms and guiding documents are publicized on the website of the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Companies are required to pay attention to and use their rights in import activity, especially goods imported at the first time.

By Le Thu/ Huyen Trang



VCN – From 26/9/2017, the General Department of Vietnam Customs will receive the registration, updating relevant information for taxpayers when registering to participate in electronic tax payment 24/7 at the website of the General Department of Vietnam Customs (address:

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The interface of electronic tax payment page at the website of General Department of Vietnam Customs for registration. Photo: T.Trang

To participate in this new tax payment process, taxpayers have to register by using digital signatures that used for declaring Customs procedures for paying taxes and updating information on authorized debit bank account when using 24/7 tax payment and clearance; register email, phone number of the taxpayer.

Taxpayers declare customs procedures on the electronic customs clearance system of the Customs authority. After completely declaring, the system will automatically determine the amount of payment for each tax types, account, code and name of Customs office, code, and the name of the treasury where the declaration is made.

The General Department of Vietnam Customs requests provincial customs to inform and instruct the enterprises to register and update related information into the system; contact to the bank where opened business account to carry out authorized debit procedure, prepare to pay electronic taxes 24/7.

“Online tax payment 24/7” is a new tax channel that the General Department of Vietnam Customs opened in parallel with the current tax regime, “online tax payment 24/7” allows taxpayers to establish tax payment list directly on the e-customs payment gateway so that enterprises can actively pay taxes wherever they have internet at anytime, anywhere.

Furthermore, “Online tax payment 24/7” will limit the inadequacies that current tax collection has not made and to meet the requirements of administrative reform.

Moreover, maximizing to facilitate to taxpayers, minimizing payment in cash; ensuring payment information is liquidated tax timely and accurately; reducing time of tax payment as the same time processing cargo clearance in time after paying tax, thus shortening time for completing import-export goods customs procedure of the enterprise that is downed to average level of ASEAN-4 group.

By Thu Trang/Thanh Thuy



VCN – The turnover of animal feed and maize from Argentina are dominating the import market of these two commodities in Vietnam.

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Chart of the ratio of import turnover of animal feed and maize in the total import turnover of these two commodities in Vietnam in July of 2017. Graph: T.Bình

Currently, the animal husbandry in Vietnam is heavily dependent on the import of animal feed. According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, as at 15/8, Vietnam spent $US 2.09 billion for importing animal feed.

Notably, the imported animal feeds item is based primarily on Argentina. According to the latest information about the import market of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, by the end of July, Argentina provided a large quantity of animal feed to Vietnam which is worth $US 944.5 million, accounting for 47, 5% of the total import turnover of the whole country.

Besides that, Argentina is also the number one market about importing maize. By the end of July, the total amount of imported maize from Argentina reached over 2.384 million tons, with a total turnover is over $US 460 million, this result accounted for nearly 56.3% of total output and nearly 54.4% of the total import turnover of maize of the whole country in the same time.

These two items are also the main import items of Vietnam from Argentina, accounting for 85.5% of total import turnover from this country.

Currently, Argentina is the largest import market of Vietnam in South America and is the second largest import market in “billion USD” of the America (by the end of July) after the US market.

By Thái Bình/Thanh Thuy



VCN- In the afternoon of September 11, 2017, the General Department of Vietnam Customs published on the handling of violation for 2 Customs officers of Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department related to the case of 213 containers at Cat Lai Port.  

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Banned goods were seized in a shipment in transit by HCM City Customs Department. Photo: T.H

According to Vietnam Customs, on September 9, 2017, the Investigation Police Department of Economic and Corruption Crimes (C46, under Ministry of Public Security) implemented the decision on temporary custody for Mr. Nguyen Van Lam (a Customs officer of Sai Gon Port Customs Branch Zone 1, HCM city Customs Department) on the act of “taking advantage of assigned responsibilities and duties to intend for non-compliance with regulations of the Customs sector and colluding with some subjects to take advantage of policies on transshipment and transit of goods to import banned goods from abroad into Vietnam for consumption”.

Regarding to above case, on August 25, 2017, C46 provisionally arrested Mr.Tran Thanh Tung, an officer of Express Customs Branch (formerly Mr.Tung worked in Import Cargo Customs Procedure Team under Sai Gon Port Customs Branch Zone 1) on the act of “understand but not comply with assigned responsibilities and duties and not manage seal in accordance with regulations of Vietnam Customs causing serious consequences.

“Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department issued Decision No.1818/QD-HQHCM and Decision No.1742/QD-HQHCM to temporarily suspend Mr. Nguyen Van Lam and Mr. Tran Thanh Tung from their work for investigation of the Police authority” Vietnam Customs stressed.

According to Vietnam Customs, for the case of 213 containers mentioned above, Vietnam Customs actively set up the inspection teams to inspect the implementation of Customs procedures for goods of independent transport at some municipal and provincial Customs Departments in a key area of the North and the South. In the middle of 2015, 213 containers of 56 enterprises which transported goods in transit through Cat Lai Port (Ho Chi Minh City -border gate of departure) to transship by road and then exported them to Cambodia (place of destination). However, the above containers were transported out of Cat Lai Port but not to the border gate of export as prescribed.

Vietnam Customs determines that apart from the reason that some officers at Sai Gon Port Customs Branch have not properly implemented Customs procedures (updating information, tracking status of goods transport, tracing goods when the registration deadline has not been confirmed), there are some important reasons such as many subjects took advantage of favorable factors in the stage of licensing business registration and the post-license management to operate smuggling (As verified by Customs, 56 enterprises which have 213 containers above have not been active or not have headquartered at the registered address). Currently, Vietnam Customs has collaborated with Investigation Police Department and units under General Department of Security- Ministry of Public Security and Ho Chi Minh Police to inspect and investigate containers and violating enterprises.

Vietnam Customs confirmed that it has requested Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department to seriously consider and strictly punish for violating officers and proposed to correct the stage of licensing and strengthen the post-license management for enterprises of competent authorities and local authorities.

“In the coming time, besides speeding up the administrative procedure reform and Customs modernization and facilitate trade under the Government’s policy, Vietnam Customs continues to direct units to strengthen the Customs inspection, supervision, control and collaborate with competent authorities to promptly detect and strictly punish for individual and organizations who violated in import-export operation. At the same time, enhancing internal inspection and audit and strictly punish for offended officers”- Vietnam Customs stressed.

By Thai Binh/Ngoc Loan



VCN- Implementing Circular 84/2017/TT-BTC guiding for Decree 68/2016/ND-CP on conditions for duty-free business, warehouses and sites for Customs clearance, Customs inspection, and supervision, which will take effect from September 30, 2017, warehouse and site operators need to fully prepare working conditions for Customs authorities.         

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Import-export operation at My Dinh ICD. Photo: N.L

When Circular 84/2017/TT-BTC has not yet taken effect, the General Department of Vietnam Customs has requested municipal and provincial Customs departments to remind and urge warehouse and site operators to actively update and equip the system and infrastructure in accordance with provisions of Circular 84/2017/TT-BTC in a timely fashion.

The enterprises need to equip working areas of the Customs, the eligible areas for goods undergo Customs inspection and supervision at warehouses, and the warehouses for storing of exhibits, the management software connected to the Customs managing warehouse and the centralized data processing system of the Customs authority and the Image storage and data access system under requirement of the Customs authority.

According to Circular 84/2017/TT-BTC, working areas of the Customs at warehouses and sites which are established by warehouse and site operators must satisfy the following conditions: The area is located in the warehouse, whether it is recognized or not, or located within an area of land under the enterprise’s right to facilitate Customs supervision and inspection.

The area is at least 20 m2 and separated from surrounding areas and ensured for Customs inspection and supervision.

The minimum area of the Customs office at a location where goods are gathered for inspection or supervision at an international airport, seaport or border checkpoint is 50 m2.

Equipment includes computers which have management software connected to the management system of warehouse and site operators and the electronic data processing system of the Customs authority in accordance with regulations of the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Equipment is connected to the surveillance camera system of the warehouse and site operator to monitor, store, access and display image at all areas where exports and imports are stored and all gates of the warehouse and site.

A roofed area in the warehouse must be provided to enable the Customs to implement a physical inspection and seal the goods.

If the warehouse area is at least 3 hectares, at least 2,000 m2 must be provided for the container scanner to ensure radiation safety. Before the container scanner delivered, such area may be used for other activities of the warehouse.

Regarding warehouses for storing of exhibits, the Circular stipulates that the minimum areas is 30m2 and has to be separated from other warehouses. The minimum area of the storage of postal packages and exhibits is 10 m2.

By Ngoc Linh/ Ngoc Loan