The Vietnam General Department of Customs (VGDC) kicked off priority e-custom procedures for the Intel Products Vietnam Co., Ltd, the first company to enjoy the preferential treatment.

According to VGDC Deputy Head Vu Ngoc Anh, the application of AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) connections and digital signature is an important progress in the customs declaration under the international standards.

This is a step forward in the agency’s commitment to minimizing administrative procedures in accordance with the Vietnamese government’s administrative reform roadmap, he said.

Intel Products Vietnam General Director Jeff Prunty stated that the signing of a memorandum of understanding on this issue is the result of the two sides’ efforts to realise e-commerce and increase the Vietnamese customs sector’s competitiveness.

The e-customs application also helps businesses reduce production costs and ensure information safety for their transactions, said Jeff Prunty, who expressed his belief that this is an important progress in the Vietnamese government’s investment attraction strategy.

Intel proposed the implementation of e-customs procedures when it began construction on its chipset assembling and producing factory at the Ho Chi Minh City Hi-tech Park in 2007 and received active assistance from the VGDC.

In 2008, the VGDC set up a special working team with Intel on this issue.

By the end of 2009, the e-customs declaration system was put in place and operated smoothly on a trial basis until now./.