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Hanoi (VNA) – A draft scheme to implement the National Single Window (NSW) mechanism for 2016-2020 has been completed, according to the General Department of Customs.

Accordingly, the department will work with ministries and agencies to devise a Prime Minister’s decision and four joint circulars guiding the implementation of administrative procedures through the mechanism.

The one-stop shop portal is expected to cut business costs and customs clearance time by 15-30 percent.

As of May 31, the NSW connected with nine out of 14 ministries and agencies, including the ministries of Finance; Industry and Trade; Transport; Science and Technology; Agriculture and Rural Development; Natural Resources and Environment; Information and Communications; Culture, Sports and Tourism; and Public Health, with 31 procedures, over 90,000 files and 6,000 enterprises.

The rate of administrative procedures connecting with the portal has so far reached a mere 30 percent.

According to the General Department of Customs, all procedures will be conducted in the form of online public services and fully connected with the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) to facilitate the trade of Vietnamese goods and increase inspection on imports.

Vietnam has conducted successful technical connection with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore through the ASEAN Single Window.-VNA