Binh Duong Customs has officially launched the Japanese-funded electronic customs system known as Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System and the Vietnam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS).

According to the Binh Duong online newspaper on April 15, the system is based on the model of Japan's NACCS/CIS, which was modified to be made compatible with Vietnamese requirements.

The VNACCS/VCIS is part of the non-refundable aid customs modernisation project to build and launch an e-customs programme and a national one-door customs mechanism.

The VNACCS/VCIS is of great importance to the reform and modernisation of Vietnam's customs procedures. It is also expected to improve the overall business environment in Vietnam with shorter clearance times, simplified administrative procedures and lower cost to enterprises.

Before launching the mechanism officially, Binh Duong Customs held training courses to instruct enterprises to make the trial on the mechanism.

Representatives from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Japanese Business Association, Korea Business Association and Taiwan Business Association, the provincial Club for exporters and importers attended the launching ceremony.-VNA