All Customs departments in the country will go on-line over the next three years, according to a Ministry of Finance plan to develop the information technology sector.

The new procedure is expected to speed up import, export and commercial activities for businesses and customs offices.

In the period, 85 percent of all customs declaration forms will be conducted via e-portal and the ministry will continue to expand on-line, import-export tax collection to the 33 customs departments nation-wide.
By the end of next year, at least 60 percent of total import and export taxes will be collected through e-banking.

In addition, a customs-information system will also be set up. In the first six months of 2012, e-customs procedures were used by 55,000 enterprises using a total of two million declaration forms.

The procedures are already reported to be bringing benefit to both businesses and customs offices, contributing to the reform of customs administration.-VNA