Regional ties necessitate customs reform to streamline integration

Experts are calling for Vietnam and other ASEAN countries to modernise customs procedure and policy, which would speed up integration as the 2015 deadline for the bloc to reach full connectivity draws near.

According to the World Economic Forum's report on Enabling Trade in the Greater ASEAN Region (2010), non-tariff measures are considered one of the most significant obstacles to expanding intra-ASEAN trade and pursuing further economic integration.


Ports to apply e-customs procedures

Seven seaports will experimentally apply electronic customs declarations effective June 9 under a new decision by the Prime Minister.

The ports to be affected include Hai Phong, Da Nang , Vung Tau, Sai Gon, Hon Gai, Quy Nhon and Nha Trang.

Under Decision No 22/2011/QD-TTG, applicants can complete necessary procedures via the internet within eight hours prior to the arrival of their ships or within two hours prior to departure from the ports.


Vietnam to return rescued Filipino fishermen

Five Filipino fishermen who were rescued by Vietnamese border guards in waters of the central coastal province of Phu Yen are expected to go home next week as the official procedures are underway.

Land use rights procedures cause concern

More than 44.6 percent of online survey opinions said that administrative procedures relating to land use rights certificates was the most annoying issue, announced the UNDP and e-newspaper VietNamNet at a press briefing in Hanoi on Oct. 19.

Overseas Vietnamese get updated on law revisions

As many as 500 overseas Vietnamese who are living, working and doing business in Ho Chi Minh City were updated on changes in the Citizenship and Housing Laws at talks held in the city on Jan. 31.

Global bonds issue to continue

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has decided to continue the issuance of international bonds under the name of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
PM inspects Lai Chau hydropower plant construction site Society

PM inspects Lai Chau hydropower plant construction site

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau to be well prepared for the resettlement of local people who have given their land for the Lai Chau hydropower plant, a key national project.

Property remains strong, attractive

Vietnam’s property market remains strong and will attract even more investors in the near future, delegates said at a two-day international real estate conference that ended on Oct. 22 in HCM City.

No free treatment for traffic offenders

People injured in traffic accidents will no longer have hospital fees paid for by medical insurance, unless they have the proper paperwork to prove they did not violate traffic regulations.