200 firms face post-clearance check
By Minh Tam - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – HCMC’s Department of Customs has plans to launch post-clearance checks on 200 businesses this year to fight trade frauds.
Speaking at a dialogue with entrepreneurs in the city recently, Nguyen Anh Tuan, head of the post clearance checking unit under the department, said the agency would look at firms without examination in the last five years, having high export and import revenue or involved in high-risk items.
Customs officials will look into accounts and documents related to cargo cleared in the last five years. If possible, the agency will check producers and distributors to compare with information on declarations.
The examination targets to evaluate law compliance of the enterprises as they are usually prioritized with green channel declarations. The move will help ensure fairness among businesses, Tuan said.
Customs agencies will give notice to firms before beginning checks so businesses can prepare all documents and cooperate with inspectors, Tuan added.
Since the Customs Law took effect in 2001, local customs officials have uncovered 514 clearance rule violations with VND82 billion worth of taxes collected.
However, the number of firms checked makes up just 1.9% of the total 25,800 exporters and importers in the city, Tuan commented.
Tuan also said that the checks are a chance for businesses to review documents given the instructions of customs officials. Firms are advised to be honest in declaration, ensure full and scientific book keeping to facilitate supervision.
Employers should also check all documents themselves to detect and fix shortcomings before officials’ examinations.