The Customs Department of the northern province of Quang Ninh officially debuted its automatic customs monitoring and management system at Cai Lan seaport on August 10.
Cai Lan port of Quang Ninh province (Photo: VNA)
Having operated a trial run nearly one month, the system has so-far handled customs procedures for more than 5,000 import and export containers and over 450,000 tonnes of cargo transported via Cai Lan Port.
The system is reported to have brought practical effects to importers and exporters, the port operators, shipping companies, and the customs agency.
In particular, it has helped to reduce paperwork, the time needed for customs clearance and goods storage at the port, and expenses for importers and exporters. It has also improved the efficiency of companies’ operations and the customs agency’s management.
The application of this automatic system is a move towards modernising customs management and facilitating trading activities in Quang Ninh.
The provincial Customs Department also pledged to implement similar systems in the remaining ports and import-export goods storage facilities in the province during the third quarter of 2018.
It reported that in 2017, the value of goods imported and exported through local seaports was US$5.45 billion. The provincial seaports also collected VND10.3 trillion (US$442.8 million) for the State budget.
In the first seven months of the year, seaport trade turnover in Quang Ninh reached US$3.34 billion, up 8.2% from the same period of 2017. More than VND5.8 trillion (US$249.3 million) was also collected by the seaports for the State budget, accounting for 92% of Quang Ninh’s total budget revenue.