Expanded e-customs procedures urged

The customs sector should expand the electronic customs procedures to facilitate import-export and commercial activities, a customs official has said.

The expansion of electronic customs procedures should include special preferential businesses and the application of digital signatures in the exchange of electronic information, said Nguyen Tran Hieu, deputy head of the Department of Customs Information Technology and Statistics.

By 2015 the sector will have received information on electronic customs clearance (e-Declaration), and basic information on declaring goods and relevant documents to gradually shift to clearing customs before the arrival of goods (e-Manifest).

Vietnam businesses urged to make use of e-commerce

Vietnamese firms should make greater use of information technology to become more efficient and competitive in the context of the country’s global integration, an industry official told a conference on e-payment held in HCM City on Jan. 20.