The General Department of Customs (GDC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed a deal for a technical assistance project worth almost 6.6 million USD, to develop e-customs in Vietnam.

The project will deal with the necessary legal regulations to implement Vietnam’s Automated Cargo and Consolidated Port System, the country’s Customs Information System (VNACCS/VCIS) and train GDC staff to use the national one-stop-shop customs system.

It also intends to draw up mechanisms and policies to ensure the security of information as well as procedures to operate and manage the VNACCS/VCIS system and the necessary human resources.

On addressing the signing ceremony in Hanoi on April 9, the Head of the GDC, Nguyen Ngoc Tuc, said that this valuable assistance from the Japanese Government for Vietnam’s customs has had a big impact on Vietnam’s customs reforms and modernisation.

The technical assistance project will give Vietnam’s customs access to Japan’s knowledge and management experiences in operating and mastering the VNACCS/VCIS system, said Tuc.

Japan’s technical assistance and technologies will help Vietnam’s customs to modernise in the near future, he added.-VNA