The Hanoi Customs Department will accelerate its use of information technology (IT) in the customs process to promote transparency, simplicity, and modernity in the sector.

Stronger IT application was among key planned activities for the 2016-2020 period, as set by the department at a conference on June 11.

Other tasks included implementing a mechanism for companies to enjoy special priority in customs procedures and security in line with the World Customs Organisation standards; applying the national and ASEAN single-window mechanisms; and ensuring fair, transparent and efficient tax collection.

Over the next five years, the city’s sector will equip its staff with first-rate professional and technological skills to facilitate trade and tourism activities, the conference heard.

Director of the department Nguyen Van Truong highlighted favourable conditions to reform and modernise over the past decade, adding that its sub-departments were expanded to outlying provinces such as Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc and Yen Bai, making it easier to handle procedures.

He emphasised risk management throughout the customs process, which has helped the sector cut down the time required to deal with procedures.

The staff’s capacity and sense of responsibility have also improved substantially, he noted.-VNA