Deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City customs department Dinh Ngoc Thang presents flowers and certificates of merits to representatives of businesses (Source: baohaiquan.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – The Customs Department of Ho Chi Minh City held a conference on January 31 to honour 200 outstanding enterprises which had contributed much to the sector’s budget in 2017.

The businesses, including the Imex Pan-Pacific Group (IPP Group), Truong Hai Automobile JSC, Phu Nhuan Jewelry JSC and Unilever Vietnam International Company Limited, account for only 0.43 percent of the city’s total, but contributed 45 percent of the customs sector’s budget collection, or 48.5 trillion VND (2.13 billion USD).

Deputy head of the department Dinh Ngoc Thang appreciated the businesses’ cooperation with the customs sector, affirming that they have made effective recommendations to help the sector gradually improve its policies and mechanisms.

Thang pledged that the department will continue facilitating the implementation of customs procedures at border gates, disseminate new legal documents and regulations to enterprises.

It will exert efforts to fight goods smuggling and trade fraud, and to create a favourable business and healthily competitive environment for businesses.

IPP Group President Johnathan Hanh Nguyen stated that the customs sector of Ho Chi Minh City carried out numerous modern management programmes to create favourable conditions for import-export enterprises and people.

He stressed the need for the sector to take more measures to prevent fake and smuggled products in order to protect true businesses which contribute much to the city’s budget.-VNA