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Businesses get 'green line' inspection cards

Vietnam News Monday, January 17, 2005

Ha noi - Import-export businesses which have abided by laws or made legal commitments will be given "green line" cards this year which will enable them to pass quickly through customs procedures, said the Customs Office's deputy director Nguyen Ngoc Tuc.

Qualifications for the green line card include transparent business operations and sound financial standing. Tuc said, calling the streamlined process a major reform.

Tuc said his agency would push task forces to resolve outstanding problems and conduct more meetings with businesses to help them qualify for the green line card.

The Customs Office is also considering a system of customs procedure agents in service of e-customs filing, a system expected to be applicable to all types of goods by early 2006.

Import-export businesses interested in participating in e-customs filing must submit one-stop forms to the Finance Ministry by March for them to be effective by the first quarter of next year.

Crude oil exportation off the coast of the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau will be chosen as a pilot project for e-customs filing.

The customs has set itself a target of VND51 trillion (US$3.24 billion) in revenue for this year, higher than the Government's target of VND46 trillion.