In order to strengthen the management, inspection and control of cross-border imports and exports, especially the upcoming Tan Suu Lunar New Year, on January 11, 2021, the General Department of Customs issued Official Letter No. 119 / TCHQ-GSQL sent to the Customs Departments of the provinces and cities to focus on implementing a number of contents related to the provisions of the customs law, taxation and other relevant regulations.

Accordingly, in recent years, the situation of smuggling, trade fraud, and tax evasion has many complicated developments, subjects take advantage of not having to declare information in advance to gather goods at border gates. land border waiting for illegal transport and smuggling into the inland; import of counterfeit trademark goods, infringe intellectual property rights; import of goods not in accordance with the customs declaration regarding the type, quantity, value, and goods banned from import; Arbitrarily consuming goods under customs supervision (goods in transit, temporary import for re-export).

In order to promptly collect and analyze information of imported means of transport and goods before arriving at the border gate, support the customs authority to quickly process customs procedures to facilitate trade, shorten the time Customs clearance of goods and strengthening the management, inspection and control, the General Department of Customs recently asked the Customs Departments of the provinces and cities to direct their affiliated units to strictly comply with the regulations. regulations of the customs laws, tax laws and other relevant regulations, which focus on a number of contents:

– For information declaration before the goods arrive at the road or inland waterway border checkpoint (except for the case where the waterway transport has gone through the exit and entry customs procedures under Article 79 of Decree No. 08/2015 / ND-CP, as amended and supplemented in Decree No. 59/2018 / ND-CP):

The Customs Departments of provinces and cities shall direct the Customs Branches at the border gates of roads and inland waterways to request the owners of means of transport, the operator of means of transport, and the persons authorized by the owners of means of transport. notify customs authorities of information about means of transport and imported goods before bringing goods into the territory of Vietnam, including information on the Goods Information Statement imported through the System. If the system does not support it, submit 01 original copy of the imported goods information manifest to the Sub-department of Customs at the checkpoint.

The customs office shall immediately handle the procedures for transporting means of transport and goods entering the border-gate area to have all information on the means of transport and imported goods mentioned above.

In border-gate areas, warehouses and yards that use electronic scales, the Customs Branch requires the carrier to cross the scale and confirm the weight on the Import Goods Information Statement. In case the weight of goods carried on the means of transport has unusual differences from the weight of goods declared on the imported goods information manifest, it is required to put into a separate area for close supervision and wait for work. continue the procedure.

The time for notification of information about means of transport and imported goods is done on the Import Goods Information Statement applicable to shipments entering the territory of Vietnam from 0:00 January 20, 2021. .

– For customs procedures, customs inspection, supervision and control for imported grocery and consumer goods:

Customs Departments of provinces and cities shall direct Customs Sub-Departments to guide customs declarants to fully and accurately declare information on the customs declaration according to Appendix II issued together with Circular No. 38/2015. / TT-BTC (as amended and supplemented in Circular No. 39/2018 / TT-BTC) and guiding documents of the General Department of Customs, concurrently send all documents in the customs dossier via the System. customs electronic data processing system.

In case of inspection and detection of imported goods banned from import, temporarily suspended from import, goods with counterfeit marks, origin, or goods required with an import license but without a license, it shall be handled according to regulations, at the same time transfer information to the anti-smuggling and control force of the Customs Department to investigate and verify …

If incorrect information on the name, code, tax rate, value, quantity, … affects the payable tax amount, but not to the extent that it is considered for criminal handling, the customs authority The customs office will handle the violation and fix the additional tax payable if the declarant does not make an additional declaration.

– For customs management and supervision of goods in transit, temporarily imported for re-export business:

When carrying out customs procedures, the Sub-department of Customs at the border gate analyzes the information of in-transit goods, detects that the consignment shows signs of hiding prohibited goods, the transit goods must have a permit (but do not present the permit). goods violating intellectual property, do not declare … the actual inspection of goods (100% rate) at the import border gate, after the inspection, seal the electronic positioning from the import gate to border gate of export and notify the Customs Sub-Department of the border gate of export to conduct physical inspection of the goods (at the rate of 100%) of the above shipment before confirming the actual export.

Customs Sub-Departments must use electronic positioning Seal to monitor goods in transit, temporary import for re-export business during transportation from the checkpoint of import to the checkpoint of export and notify the Customs Branch. The border gate of export shall inspect the customs seal before confirming the goods have passed through the customs controlled area. The Sub-department of Customs where goods are transported will not certify the eligibility through the customs controlled area if the container has not been affixed with an electronic seal.

If the Customs Department of a province or city has not been equipped with an electronic locator seal or has been used up, the customs seal or seal shall be used for sealing according to regulations.

The Customs Departments of the provinces and cities direct the Customs Branches to review the shipments of food that are temporarily imported for re-export, send them to bonded warehouses with the expiry date of less than 2 months, and implement measures to control and supervise closely during the process of storing and transporting to the export border gates until they are taken out of the Vietnamese territory, not allowing smuggling into the inland.