A total of 100 Japanese firms operating in the southern province of Binh Duong were told about issues regarding tax policies and export-import procedures at a dialogue on March 19.

At the event, Binh Duong customs officials clarified the procedure of the Japan-funded Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System and the Vietnam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS).

Most of the Japanese businesspeople raised concerns regarding the use of on-site export invoices and the inspection of import quality.

Regarding on-the-spot export-import inspections, Nguyen Hong Hanh, deputy head of the Binh Duong provincial customs department, said businesses have to submit invoice copies only to the customs office when necessary.

They are permitted to bring special goods such as vaccines, medicines, health equipment, cattle feed and fertilisers to their headquarters for quality checking under the supervision of customs officials, he said.

Binh Duong has attracted more than 17,400 projects, of which 2,250 are foreign direct investment (FDI) ones worth a total of nearly 20 billion USD.

With 204 projects valued at over 4.3 billion USD, Japan has become the largest investor in the locality.-VNA