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Automatic customs management system applied at Cai Lan Port

The Customs Department of the northern province of Quang Ninh officially debuted its automatic customs monitoring and management system at Cai Lan seaport on August 10.

Having operated a trial run nearly one month, the system has so-far handled customs procedures for more than 5,000 import and export containers and over 450,000 tonnes of cargo transported via Cai Lan Port.

The system is reported to have brought practical effects to importers and exporters, the port operators, shipping companies, and the customs agency.

In particular, it has helped to reduce paperwork, the time needed for customs clearance and goods storage at the port, and expenses for importers and exporters. It has also improved the efficiency of companies’ operations and the customs agency’s management.

The application of this automatic system is a move towards modernising customs management and facilitating trading activities in Quang Ninh.

The provincial Customs Department also pledged to implement similar systems in the remaining ports and import-export goods storage facilities in the province during the third quarter of 2018.

It reported that in 2017, the value of goods imported and exported through local seaports was 5.45 billion USD. The provincial seaports also collected 10.3 trillion VND (442.8 million USD) for the State budget.

In the first seven months of the year, seaport trade turnover in Quang Ninh reached 3.34 billion USD, up 8.2 percent from the same period of 2017. More than 5.8 trillion VND (249.3 million USD) was also collected by the seaports for the State budget, accounting for 92 percent of Quang Ninh’s total budget revenue.