Delegates press a button to launch the Vietnam Automated System for Seaport Customs Management (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Finance and the Vietnam Customs officially put the Vietnam Automated System for Seaport Customs Management (VASSCM) into operation in the northern port city of Hai Phong on December 11.

Deputy Finance Minister Vu Thi Mai said that the system is connected with the National Single Window System and the Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System and the Vietnam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS).

Therefore, customs agencies can monitor imports and exports at seaports and warehouses and the history of consignments after they arrive in Vietnam.

According to head of Hai Phong’s Customs Department Nguyen Tien Loc, since the pilot implementation from August 15, the system has proved effective.

With around 1.3 million declarations a year in Hai Phong, the total clearance time can cut down by 40,000 hours thanks to the VASSCM.

It has also helped enterprises increase the efficiency of production and business and raise their competitiveness, Loc said.

The Vietnam Customs said that the VASSCM will be soon applied across the nation.-VNA