Export-import inspection exposes flaws hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Simplifying specialised inspections of exports and imports was a dominant discussion topic during a seminar in Hanoi on August 17, which aimed to simplify administrative procedures in customs.

The move was intended to realise the government’s resolution on improving the business climate and national competitiveness.

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC), legal regulations involving specialised inspections are insufficient and fall short of international standards. Currently, there are 259 legal documents specifying quality management, including 19 laws and decrees, 54 decisions and directions issued by the Government and Prime Minister and 186 circulars and decisions by ministries and agencies.

Many opinions raised concern that overlapping regulations are resulting in customs clearance delay and business cost increase.

Pham Thanh Binh, an expert from the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Governance for Inclusive Growth project, said ministries have different interpretations of several laws, leading to varying applications.

He suggested adopting risk management and digitalisation while making changes to building goods portfolios.

Representatives from the ministries of industry & trade, public health and agriculture & rural development also took note of troubles arising from specialised inspection process and pledged to address them.

Ngo Minh Hai, Deputy Director of the GDVC’s Department of Supervision and Control, said rallying public resources for specialised inspections is also a key solution to saving State resources.

The event was co-hosted by the GDVC and USAID.-VNA