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Hanoi (VNA) – Stronger connectivity between customs agencies and the business community has helped foster mutual understanding, Vice Director General of the General Department of Vietnam Customs Mai Xuan Thanh stated at a seminar in Hanoi on June 21.

Thanh said that over the past years, custom agencies at all levels have held many dialogues with businesses, which have become effective tools to deal with disputes among parties.

Consultations between customs and businesses have also been organised with the participation of specific groups of enterprises, he said.

Along with promoting partnership with the business community, over the past year, the Vietnam Customs has paid due attention to setting up collaboration with business associations.

So far, customs agencies have signed agreement deals with 232 enterprises on building regular partnership, along with 1,701 commitments with enterprises in supporting and supervising law enforcement, and 52 cooperation deals with business associations.

Nguyen Hoai Nam, Vice President of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters, said that businesses considered customs agencies as their partners.

“We are often asked for opinions on new documents before they are issued,” stated Nam.

Thanh showed his hope that businesses will continue actively cooperating with customs agencies and make contributions to the agencies’ operations.

He asked for opinions from enterprises on solutions to improve the custom sector’s performance.

Business associations should also promote communications with the business community to give them clearer understanding on the operation, role, responsibilities and efforts of the custom sector in reforming and modernising, thus benefiting the business community and strengthening understanding between the two sides.-VNA