VCN – On May 4th, 2017, Binh Duong Customs Department collaborated with the Japanese enterprise sub-association in Binh Duong to hold training conference on Customs procedures, import and export tax policy… for Japanese investment enterprises’ leaders in Binh Duong.

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Leaders of Binh Duong Customs Department answered questions of enterprises at the conference. Photo: T.D

The Deputy Director of Binh Duong Customs Department Nguyen Truong Giang said that this is an activity aim to renovate the enterprise dialogue. Through this conference, the Customs and enterprise leaders will further communicate. Enterprise leaders will be directly responded questions about the mechanism, policies and laws relating to import and export procedures to comply with regulations.

At the conference, the representative of Binh Duong Customs Department published to the enterprise leaders about regulations and policies on the Customs procedures, inspection and supervision; Notifications about the popular obstacles of enterprises on the import-export duty for processed and manufactured goods for export in the recent time; Regulations on the issue of duty-free lists for creation of fixed assets; General provisions on analysis and classification of goods …

The Post-Clearance Audit Branch also stated some regulations as well as preferential policies for authorized economic operators; some notifications for enterprises in the use of digital signatures and wanted some violations of enterprises during the implementation of Customs procedures in Binh Duong for enterprises to get experience. The Deputy Director of Binh Duong Customs Department Nguyen Truong Giang emphasized that the Customs inspection aimed to the compliance rather than punishment. Accordingly, enterprises should pay attention to the coordination between the units to avoid violations.

At the conference, the representatives of some enterprises also directly asked about production norms for goods processed and manufactured for export. Specifically, the enterprises said that the actual norm shall not be declared to the Customs agency, and it is only presented to the Customs agency in examination process for settlement report, however, in the part of warns on enterprise’s regular (being detected during the examination by Customs) violations noted that the above act violated the provisions.

Answering this obstacle of enterprises, Binh Duong Customs Department said that in the examination process for the settlement report, the Customs agency will examine the accuracy of the norms presented by enterprises, this norm is the actual production norm at enterprises. However, for some reasons (such as the enterprises imported more than the declaration, or exported less than the declaration, or the raw material is lost due to the loose management of enterprise). The enterprise has to balance again and present the norms that are not true with the actual norms, this act is detected when the Customs agency examines, so the enterprise will be fined and has to pay the arrears (if any).

Regarding the goods classification, the representatives of the Import-Export Duty Division also noted that the enterprises need to distinguish between the taking sample for analysis and classification to determine tax code or taking a sample for inspection of the State quality to determine the commodity policy (eligible for import or not). Specifically, for goods are taken for analysis, classification to determine of tax code subject to goods release, meaning that after physical inspection and taking samples and declarations to release goods are implemented, the enterprises shall be allowed to take goods to the market and carry out payment procedures exporters without waiting for the results of classification analysis.

For goods are taken the sample for inspection of the State quality to determine the commodity policy subject to preservation, meaning that after physical inspection and taking samples and are implemented, the enterprises shall be allowed to take goods for preservation and shall be forbidden to use goods without the result of the quality inspection.

By Thu Diu/Ngoc Loan



VCN- Vegetable exports continue to be an impressive bright spot in the export activities of the first two months of 2017 in Vietnam with a high growth of double-digit, bringing the amount of nearly 190 billion vnd per day.

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The Tan Thanh border gate – exporting point of vegetables in fruits to China. Photo: Thai Binh.

73% of vegetable exports to China

According to the latest statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, by 15th April 2017, the total value of fruit and vegetable exports reached $US 857 million, an increase of nearly 30% compared to the same period in 2016 (reaching $US 661 million), equivalent to an increase of $US 196 million.

Thus, on average, each day vegetable exports brought about $US 8.2 million, equivalent to the amount of nearly 190 billion vnd per day.

As a result, vegetables and fruits continue to maintain the third largest commodity exports in agricultural and aquatic products in Vietnam (after seafood and coffee).

Notably, vegetables and fruits had a stronger growth rate than seafood (only 7.8%) and coffee (21%). Thus, the difference between vegetables and the two above commodity groups was narrowed down.

Regarding the export market, Vietnamese vegetables have been exported to many countries and regions in the world such as Asia, Europe, and America. In particular, there have been many markets requiring high quality such as the United States, Japan, Australia, South Korea and European countries such as Germany and Netherlands.

However, the biggest market of Vietnamese vegetables and fruits was still China. According to the latest statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, exported fruits and vegetables to China reached $US 512 million, accounting for 73% of the total export value of this commodity in the same period.

At the local border near China, the area of exported vegetables and fruits were concentrated mainly at Tan Thanh border gate area (Lang Son) and Lao Cai border gate area.

Diversifying the market

Regarding the results on the export of vegetables recently, on 24th April 2017, speaking to a reporter of the Customs Newspaper, Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat – the executive of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association (VINAFRUIT) said that the results of fruit and vegetable exports were very positive.

According to Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat, the fruit and vegetable exports have been increasingly flourishing for many reasons.

Firstly, the trade promotion and market expansion by State management agencies have been creating positive results. As a result, Vietnamese vegetables and fruits have started to promote in the fastidious markets such as the United States, Japan, South Korea or EU countries.

“Although the value of export turnover to these markets is not high, but the export of vegetables to the fastidious markets with a high quality will increase the prestige for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits”, Dr. Dat said.

On the other hand, according to Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat, an increase in the demand for fruits and vegetables in the world was an opportunity for export growth of this product in Vietnam now as well as in the coming time.

In particular, an important cause which was emphasized by Dr. Nguyen Huu Dat was the role of scientists, the business community, producers and farmers in the effort to diversify the design and quality, brand promotion for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits.

“Although the fruit and vegetable export businesses have limited financial resources, they have efforts in promoting the brand and seeking the export markets. On the other hand, in the past two years, there has been a close connection among the exporters, the farmers, and the producers. Therefore, the quality and design of the products have been increasingly improved, thereby creating the prestige for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits in the world market”, the VINAFRUIT leader said.

In 2016, vegetables and fruits brought $US 2.457 billion, with a growth rate of 33.6% compared to 2015. This was the third largest export commodity in the field of agriculture (after fishery and coffee) and was the second fastest growing commodity group in the total of 45 key export categories which were listed by the General Department of Vietnam Customs (after gemstones, precious metals and products with a growth rate of 44.4%).

By Thai Binh/ Hoang Anh