The southern Binh Duong province has established a customs office at its international seaport, which is located at the centre of the land and water transport network in the southeastern region.

The new customs office is hoped to facilitate administrative and customs procedures for export-import activities in the region.

In addition, it will help reduce transport cost and time for local businesses as they no longer have to travel to Ho Chi Minh City to complete customs procedures for their import-export goods.

Binh Duong has so far counted 28 industrial parks and eight industrial complexes covering a total area of 9,800 ha, with many of them have been filled.

As one of the country’s biggest economic hubs, the province hopes to gain an export value of over 14.44 billion USD this year, up 15.7 percent annually, with the foreign-invested sector making up 81.3 percent of the total.

Its imports are forecast to reach 11.58 billion USD, with raw materials for production as well as machinery and equipment adding to a year-on-year increase of 16.5 percent.-VNA