The first 2015 customs-business dialogue in the northern boder province of Ha Giang on May 12 enabled local firms to talk face-to-face with customs officials about questions or concerns.

Since last year, the provincial Customs Department has streamlined customs bureaucracy in an attempt to stimulate export-import activity, said Deputy Head Le Ngoc Hieu at the dialogue, adding that Ha Giang, which shares a borderline with China, targets 880 million USD in annual trade by 2020, representing an average growth of 17 percent.

It also consulted with the provincial People’s Committee on infrastructure upgrades in border and wholesale markets, especially those in rural areas as well as in the Thanh Thuy, Xin Man and Pho Bang border economic zones.

Participants were also updated on new legal regulations at the event.

From 2011-2014, the locality recorded cross-border trade worth over 2.1 billion USD.

From January-April 2015, total export-import value approached 60 million USD with nearly 40 billion VND (1.9 million USD) contributed to the State budget.-VNA