The Customs of Vietnam officially received the Vietnam Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System and the Vietnam Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS) at a ceremony in Hanoi on April 25.

VNACCS/VCIS, worth nearly 2.7 billion JPY (21.2 million USD), is funded by the Japanese Government.
Rolled out since April 1, 2014, the system will be running in all 34 provincial and municipal customs sub-departments across the country by June 25.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said VNACCS/VCIS is of great significance in ensuring security and other commitments made by the customs sector.

He took the occasion to suggest the Japanese Government continuing the training of Vietnamese customs staff to efficiently utilise the system.

The new automated customs system is able to deal with declarations within three seconds, according to the Customs of Vietnam under the Ministry of Finance.

Some customs departments, such as those of Hanoi and the port city of Hai Phong, began applying the system from April 1 while that of Ho Chi Minh City will put it into use from May 15.

Via VNACCS/VCIS, businesses can make customs declarations at anytime and anywhere, thus saving time and paper procedures.

After a three-month trial period since November 15, 2013, up to 18,196 enterprises nationwide have registered to join the system, and 10,154 have run it on a trial basis.-VNA