Customs Update: July 12, 2018

Customs Update | July 12, 2018
Authors: Shay Wester, Ian Saccomanno, Ying Hui Tng, and Ryan DelGaudio
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
 

August 20-21, 2018: Singapore Business Mission

August 23-24, 2018: Laos Business Mission

September 27, 2018, U.S. - Singapore Trade Facilitation Workshop, Singapore: Please save the date for the next U.S.-Singapore joint trade facilitation workshop for ASEAN. More details and an invitation will be circulated closer to the event date.

 
THE COUNCIL'S TAKE
 
 

ASEAN Substantially Concludes e-Commerce Agreement Negotiations

The ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Electronic Commerce (ACCEC) held its final round of negotiations from July 1-5, finalizing most of the Agreement’s content. The Agreement was originally modeled after the e-commerce chapter in the ASEAN-Australian-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), accessible here, but has become longer and more detailed than its original template. The Agreement contains sections that at least somewhat promote trade facilitation, the free flow of data across borders, and the adoption of international best practices for cybersecurity. The most aggressive binding section of the agreement, as in the AANZFTA, is likely on modernizing domestic regulations on electronic authentication. Many of the provisions in the Agreement beyond the authentication section, including the sections on data and trade facilitation, may be broad or non-binding, potentially limiting their effectiveness. It also does not substantially address challenges with payments regulation. How the agreement would incorporate the WTO moratorium on intangible goods tariffs also appears to remain one of several open issues in the negotiating text, with Indonesia advocating for more flexible language. The Agreement could also be seen as aspirational by ASEAN’s least developed members, who are only just beginning to develop their digital economies.

The text will be reviewed this week during a senior economic officials meeting where it will be endorsed and submitted to the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting at the end of August. Singapore, as ASEAN host, has been pushing aggressively for the deal to be concluded this year. Last summer, the Council joined a consultation with the ACCEC to encourage forward-looking approaches to logistics upgrades, customs clearance, and other pertinent issues. Public consultations have, however, been limited and the ACCEC is not planning any further discussions of the final version of the agreement before it is sent to the AEM. Though the agreement misses some key opportunities to open the sector further, it is still an important success for moving the ASEAN Economic Community forward and could lay the foundation for future negotiations which is accounted for through review provisions in the agreement.

RCEP Countries Set Ambitious Year-End Target for an Agreement

On July 1, trade ministers from the sixteen negotiating countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which together make of 30% of global trade, met in Tokyo at the Fifth Intersessional Ministerial Meeting and pledged “to focus efforts towards achieving a package of year-end outcomes.” Negotiations have moved slowly over the course of the past few years as the parties have missed multiple year-end targets without reaching an arrangement to date. Of the agreement’s eighteen chapters, sixteen remain unfinished, with none completed after the most recent Tokyo meeting. RCEP’s negotiators continue to face disagreements regarding e-commerce, data, intellectual property rights, and barriers to trade in agriculture and services, in addition to fundamental challenges on the degree to which tariffs should be lowered. For example, while India advocates for increased freedom of movement for its highly-skilled information technology workforce, it also fears the negative impacts of liberalizing agricultural imports could have on India’s farming sector. While the RCEP framework permits Special and Differential treatment provisions and will likely permit all members varying degrees of non-conforming measures, fundamental disagreements between India and China on the overall scope of market access tariff offers also remain a significant sticking point. However, as officials are under significant political pressure to deliver the agreement, they claim to be able to produce a substantive outcome by the end of 2018, though it likely will not be the full agreement. Political pressure is now further compounded by elections coming in 2019 in Australia, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. Governments involved in the negotiations, including China, have also begun noting that the success of the agreement will be important to defending and advancing a rules-based world trading system. The twenty-third round of RCEP negotiations will be in Bangkok from July 17 to July 27 followed by a ministerial meeting in late August on the sidelines of the ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM), where some negotiators hope the most substantive outstanding issues can be resolved.

Singapore and Thailand Sign First ASEAN Authorized Economic Operator Mutual Recognition Agreement

On June 29, Singapore and Thailand’s customs departments signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) for their Authorized Economic Operator programs (AEO). Under the agreement, companies that are members of either Singapore’s Secure Trade Partnership (STP) Thailand’s Authorized Economic Operator program will receive the benefits of the other program. Signed under the framework of the Singapore-Thailand Enhanced Economic Relations program (STEER), it is also the first AEO MRA signed between ASEAN Member States. This begins the process of interconnecting ASEAN’s AEO programs, an important step for the ASEAN AEO plan. The ASEAN AEO program supports member states in implementing national AEO programs based on the World Customs Organization’s SAFE Framework of Standards (FoS) and ultimately aspires to integrate the national AEO programs through a network of mutual recognition agreements. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam all have established domestic AEO programs, while the Philippines will have one running soon, Myanmar and Laos have begun establishing them, and Cambodia will begin building one this year. The plan promises to help trusted traders operate more smoothly across the ASEAN Economic Community.

 
ADVOCACY UPDATE
 
 

The US-ASEAN Business Council, along with the EU-ASEAN Business Council and ASEAN Business Advisory Council, attended the ASEAN Trade Facilitation-Joint Consultative Committee (ATFJCC) meetings on 5 July to present the private sector’s short and long-term recommendations for trade facilitation (the joint presentation’s slide deck may be found here). The overarching message was that the private sector wants to be included in more of the discussions, especially on e-Commerce and non-tariff measures, and would like to form working groups to discuss recommendations in detail. During the question and answer session, the bulk of the discussion was on the progress of the e-Commerce agreement discussed in the update above. ASEAN also confirmed they are planning to update their non-tariff measures database. The meeting concluded with the ASEAN Secretariat suggesting to facilitate workshops on sector-specific topics to improve private sector engagement.

 
IN THIS UPDATE
 
 
Multilateral Trade Agreements
RCEP Trade Ministers Set End-2018 Target for “Package of Outcomes”
‘Resolve issues, conclude R.C.E.P. before trade war’

Cambodia
Sihanoukville Autonomous Port opens container terminal
Japan puts new customs system on the table
New terminal to allow Sihanoukville port to process bigger loads

Indonesia
Expansion of the Mandatory INSW System
Technical Provisions on Temporary Imports
Indonesia prepared to retaliate if Trump goes ahead with tariff plan
Indonesia to Review Capital Goods Imports to Control Current-Account Deficit

Malaysia
Exporters, producers urged to leverage on trade war
Malaysian government to resolve traffic congestion at Singapore crossings: Minister
Malaysia lowers August crude palm oil export tax to 4.5%
Malaysia likely to miss CPTPP deadline
Cars out of stock following GST abolishment

Myanmar
Exporters permitted to register for customs relief under GSP
Myanmar to form special task forces to combat illegal trade
Thailand and Myanmar to jointly boost border trade
Hard and soft infrastructure needed to boost Myanmar trade with neighbours to the west
Chinese manufacturers eye Myanmar base as trade war escalates
China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018

Philippines
BOC develops monitoring system for legal cases
Duterte extends duty-free importation of capital equipment
Customs tops June goal as most ports perform
Customs seizes P250 million worth of smuggled Thai rice at MICP 
Cybersecurity plan set for TradeNet

Singapore
Three-quarter tank rule at checkpoints to include vehicles running on diesel
Singapore and Thailand sign an AEO-Mutual Recognition Arrangement
Singapore: Landing of Bunker Samples Delayed After Customs Policy Change

Thailand
Thailand joins EU effort for WTO action on global system
Asian states urged to sign treaty to avoid ‘tidal wave’ of foreign trash
Thailand planning new tax law for foreign firms

Vietnam
Hải Phòng customs proposes to ease specialised inspection
Preventive measures taken to deal with trade defence
Breakthrough created in implementing National Single Window
Tax and investment changes concern foreign firms
WCO supports Vietnam on the correct implementation of the HS 2017 and AHTN 2017
Ministry releases anti-dumping duties for import stainless steel products
General Department of Customs tightens scrap imports
Vietnam imports more than 1,400 Thai cars in 1 week
Solutions sought to strengthen customs-business community partnership
 
ARTICLE CLIPS
 
 
Multilateral Trade Agreements

RCEP Trade Ministers Set End-2018 Target for “Package of Outcomes” ICTSD 5th Jul 2018
The top trade officials from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) coalition have pledged to endorse a “package of outcomes” by the end of the year, in a bid to help wrap up nearly six years of negotiations.  “At this point in time, we have a reached a stage where we are very near, and we can see the possibility of having a substantive conclusion for the RCEP negotiations by the end of this year,” said Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, according to comments reported by the Straits Times.

‘Resolve issues, conclude R.C.E.P. before trade war’ BusinessMirror 26th Jun 2018
The Philippines has urged the so-called big boys, or six major non-Asean economies, in the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to resolve issues that stand in the way of a quick conclusion of the RCEP, saying it’s crucial to settle the trade deal before an actual trade war erupts. Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez aired his demand to the big boys of the RCEP, as their ministerial meeting on Sunday in Tokyo comes to a near.

Cambodia

Sihanoukville Autonomous Port opens container terminal Ship Technology 26th Jun 2018
Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) has opened a container terminal to expand its cargo handling capacity. Construction of the terminal began in 2015, while the opening marks the completion of an expansion carried out at PAS.

Japan puts new customs system on the table Khmer Times 19th Jun 2018
Japan last week proposed that Cambodia replaces its current customs administration system, ASYCUDA, with Japan-made NACCS. The Automated System for Customs Data, or ASYCUDA, and the Nippon Automated Cargo Clearance System, NACC, are both computerised systems designed to administer a country’s customs.

New terminal to allow Sihanoukville port to process bigger loads Phnom Penh Post 14th Jun 2018
The Kingdom’s only deep-sea port, operated by state-owned Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS), will launch a new multipurpose terminal on June 25, to accommodate larger vessels with heavy loads, it said on Wednesday. PAS Chairman and CEO Lou Kim Chhun said the inauguration of the multipurpose terminal will be presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Indonesia

Expansion of the Mandatory INSW System Hukum Online 11th Jul 2018
The Minister of Finance (“Minister”) is aiming to expand the mandatory implementation of the Indonesia National Single Window (“INSW”)[1] system through the issuance of Regulation No. 63/PMK.01/2018 (“Regulation 63/2018”) on the Amendment to Regulation of the Minister No. 132/PMK.01/2008 on Guidelines and Stages for the Development and Implementation of the Indonesia National Single Window (“Regulation 132/2008”).

Technical Provisions on Temporary Imports Hukum Online 11th Jul 2018
The Director-General of Customs and Excise (“Director-General”) has issued Regulation No. PER-02/BC/2018 on Implementing Guidelines for Temporary Imports, which serves as an implementing regulation to Regulation of the Minister of Finance No. 178/PMK.04/2017 on Temporary Imports (“Regulation 2/2018”).

Indonesia prepared to retaliate if Trump goes ahead with tariff plan The Jakarta Post 6th Jul 2018
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has said that Indonesia will prepare a retaliatory policy if the United States moves forward with its plan to impose tariffs on 124 products imported from Indonesia as part of its effort to reduce the trade deficit between the two countries.

Indonesia to Review Capital Goods Imports to Control Current-Account Deficit Jakarta Globe 3rd Jul 2018
Indonesia plans to review the import of capital goods for big government projects to help manage its current-account deficit, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday (03/07).

Malaysia

Exporters, producers urged to leverage on trade war The Malaysian Reserve 4th Jul 2018
Newly appointed Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (picture) urged Malaysian exporters and producers to seize the opportunities arising from the trade war between China and the US. China had called for retaliatory tariffs targeting US exports such as soybeans and cars in response to US President Donald Trump’s 25% proposed tariff on 1,300 industrial, transport and medical groups.

Malaysian government to resolve traffic congestion at Singapore crossings: Minister The Straits Times 29th Jun 2018
The Malaysian government is committed to resolving traffic congestion at both its land crossings with Singapore, said Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday (June 28). Tan Sri Muhyiddin said the gridlock at both Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex (CIQ) at the Causeway and at the Second Link had been going on since his tenure as Johor Menteri Besar from 1986 to 1995.

Malaysia lowers August crude palm oil export tax to 4.5% The Edge Markets 11th Jul 2018
Malaysia lowered its export tax on crude palm oil for August to 4.5%, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board said on Wednesday, citing the national customs department.

Malaysia likely to miss CPTPP deadline The Malaysian Reserve 11th Jul 2018
Malaysia will likely miss the February 2019 deadline set for first batch of countries to enforce the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). International Trade and Industry Minister Darell Leiking said Malaysia may need more time to amend the necessary laws in the CPTPP ratification process.

Cars out of stock following GST abolishment The Malaysian Reserve 9th Jul 2018
CARS are selling like hot cakes since the zero-rated Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced, with some variants now out of stock. Vehicle prices have become cheaper minus the earlier 6% GST and buyers in the country are taking the opportunity to buy new cars in this tax holiday period.

Myanmar

Exporters permitted to register for customs relief under GSP The Myanmar Times 19th Jun 2018
The GSP is a US trade program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 4,800 products from 129 designated beneficiary countries and territories. The MOC last week issued rules enabling traders to register under its Registered Exporter System in order to be exempt from customs under the GSP with those countries. 

Myanmar to form special task forces to combat illegal trade Xinhua 8th Jul 2018
Myanmar will form special task forces to curb illegal trade and will conduct surprise check with mobile teams at some main gates, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.

Thailand and Myanmar to jointly boost border trade Pattaya Mail 6th Jul 2018
Thailand’s Vice Minister for Commerce, Dr. Sakon Varanyuwatana, says the Thailand-Myanmar Border Economic Partnership Conference will boost border trade and relations between the two countries. The conference was held near Thailand’s Ban Nam Pu Ron and Myanmar’s Htee Kee border checkpoints. It was aimed at increasing trade activity in border areas by promoting border development and cooperation between Thailand and Myanmar. In attendance were Dr. Lei Maw, Chief Minister of Myanmar’s Taninthargyi Region, as well as representatives from public and private organizations in Kanchanaburi province. Small meetings on public-private cooperation, business matching and agreement-signing ceremonies were also being held on the sidelines of the event. Dr. Lei Maw said Myanmar’s economy is experiencing rapid growth and, therefore, the country must import construction materials, household commodities and industrial chemicals to accommodate rising domestic demand. She invited Thai businesses to build more hotels, factories and mines to accommodate the potential growth on the border, especially once road construction connecting Dawei Port and Ban Nam Pu Ron Checkpoint is completed. She also expects more investment and travel by citizens of both countries in the near future.

Hard and soft infrastructure needed to boost Myanmar trade with neighbours to the west The Myanmar Times 6th Jul 2018
India’s Ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri said that it is not enough to focus on building “hard infrastructure of transport corridors like roads, bridges, ports” and others to move trade forward.  “It is also important to supplement hard infrastructure with soft infrastructure like trade facilitation agreements, border infrastructure, border-crossing agreements and motor vehicle agreements that enable both passengers and cargo traffic to move between countries,” he said during a recent meeting of senior Myanmar officials, businessmen and international experts in Nay Pyi Taw.

Chinese manufacturers eye Myanmar base as trade war escalates The Myanmar Times 6th Jul 2018
Interest to set up manufacturing and production facilities in Myanmar among the Chinese has risen ever since the US this month imposed a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion of Chinese products, he told The Myanmar Times during the sidelines of Myanmar-Korea Investment Promotion Seminar in Yangon.

China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018 Ecns.cn 27th Jun 2018
China and Myanmar will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the highlight projects of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to reports by media in Myanmar.

Philippines

BOC develops monitoring system for legal cases PortCalls Asia 11th Jul 2018
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has created an automated document tracking system to speed up the disposition of criminal and administrative cases the agency files. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on June 26 signed Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 09-2018 to operationalize and implement BOC’s legal case management system (LCMS) and “ensure expeditious disposition of criminal and administrative cases” it initiates.

Duterte extends duty-free importation of capital equipment Philippine News Agency 6th Jul 2018
President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an executive order, extending the zero-percent duty on capital equipment, spare parts and accessories imported by Board of Investments-registered new and expanding enterprises. Under EO No. 57 signed by the President on June 22, the duty-free importation will be extended to one year “until the enactment of a law amending EO No. 226 (s.1987), otherwise known as the Omnibus Investments Code of 1987.

Customs tops June goal as most ports perform Business World 3rd Jul 2018
THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) collected P50.139 billion in June — 41.6% more than the P35.417 billion recorded a year ago and 4.9% above its P47.797-billion target last month — as most of its port collectors exceeded their goals. “This achievement is attributed not only to the consistent diligence of all BoC ports in terms of collection but also to the continuing application of correct valuation and tariff classification of goods,” Customs Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña said in a press statement on Monday. “Our strengthened campaign against illicit trade and our effort to improve our trade system have significantly increased the bureau’s revenue collection.” Last month, 16 of the Customs’ 17 ports hit their respective targets, steady from the previous month.

Customs seizes P250 million worth of smuggled Thai rice at MICP  BusinessMirror 14th Jun 2018
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized some 200 container vans loaded with Thailand white rice shipped on different dates at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) estimated to be worth about P250 million.The BOC reported on Thursday that it has blocked the entry of the contraband loaded into some 200 containers for lack of import permit from the National Food Authority (NFA).

Cybersecurity plan set for TradeNet BusinessWorld 18th Jun 2018
The Department of Finance (DoF) said it will integrate cybersecurity features in the country’s new trade facilitation platform. “A digital trading platform that aims to reduce the processing time and number of transactions for import and export clearances will be reinforced with cybersecurity features to keep it safe from unauthorized access and other forms of cyberattacks,” the DoF said in a statement yesterday. The DoF was referring to TradeNet, the country’s National Single Window System for Customs clearances launched in December that is also linked to some Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) counterparts.

Singapore

Three-quarter tank rule at checkpoints to include vehicles running on diesel TODAYonline 9th Jul 2018
Diesel-powered vehicles registered in Singapore will have to abide by the three-quarter tank rule when going into Malaysia, after amendments to the Customs Act were passed in Parliament on Monday (July 9).

Singapore and Thailand sign an AEO-Mutual Recognition Arrangement World Customs Organization 4th Jul 2018
Singapore’s Director-General of Customs, Mr. Ho Chee Pong, and the Director-General of Thailand’s Customs Department, Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on 29 June 2018 on the sidelines of the 132nd WCO Council Session. Under this MRA companies certified by Singapore Customs as having robust security practices will enjoy faster clearance for their goods exported to Thailand. Recognized as having lower risks, these companies will benefit from reduced documentary and cargo inspections. Likewise, companies certified by Thailand will enjoy the same level of facilitation for their goods exported to Singapore.

Singapore: Landing of Bunker Samples Delayed After Customs Policy Change Ship & Bunker 26th Jun 2018
Bunker samples were prevented from entering Singapore at the weekend after brief change of policy by Customs, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has reported. "Customs decided to treat samples from bunker deliveries as "commercial goods" for import, which prevented bunker surveyors from bringing samples ashore at the Marina South Pier (MSP) and West Coast Pier (WCP)," IBIA said.

Thailand

Thailand joins EU effort for WTO action on global system Bangkok Post 5th Jul 2018
Thailand has teamed up with the EU to push the World Trade Organization (WTO) into greater engagement for handling protectionist and retaliatory issues to curb a possible trade war.

Asian states urged to sign treaty to avoid ‘tidal wave’ of foreign trash Asia Times 28th Jun 2018
Authorities in Thailand have been scrambling to contain a waste scandal after discovering a vast amount of plastic and electronic waste has been imported this year – often illegally – by factories involved in recycling. Thais have been horrified to learn in recent weeks that hundreds of thousands of tons of electronic waste has been shipped into the country since China’s decision to stop taking waste from wealthy countries at the end of last year.

Thailand planning new tax law for foreign firms International Investment 25th Jun 2018
The Thailand Revenue Department is contemplating a law that will require foreign entities with no physical presence in Thailand which earn income in the country to report their transactions in Thailand to be inspected for value-added tax.

Vietnam

Hải Phòng customs proposes to ease specialised inspection Viet Nam News 29th Jun 2018
Hải Phòng Customs Department has proposed measures to ministries and departments to solve difficulties in the management and inspection of import and export goods. The measures include the rule of applying risk management in specialised inspections, issuing the list of specialised management under the HS codes for harmonised implementation, expanding the designated specialised inspection and eliminating overlap in management and checking of the same item.

Preventive measures taken to deal with trade defence VOV 25th Jun 2018
Experts warn that businesses need to take preventive measures to avoid losing export markets in the coming time. According to the Department of Trade Defence under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam has faced a total of more than 130 trade defence lawsuits including 77 anti-dumping lawsuits, 10 anti-subsidy investigations, 22 self-defence investigations and 17 tax avoidance and evasion investigations.

Breakthrough created in implementing National Single Window vietnamnews.vn 25th Jun 2018
Đinh Tiến Dũng, Minister of Finance, talks to the Hải Quan (Customs) newspaper about his ministry’s efforts to facilitate conditions for the nation to integrate internationally.

Tax and investment changes concern foreign firms vietnamnews.vn 11th Jul 2018
The changes in tax policy and investment incentives are the issues of greatest concern for foreign investors in Việt Nam, said Bùi Ngọc Tuấn, deputy general director of the Audit and Advisory firm Deloitte Việt Nam at a workshop on Tuesday in Hà Nội. Themed “Investment incentives, related party transactions: situation and solutions,” the workshop was co-organised by Deloitte Việt Nam, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance. “The factors impacting foreign direct investment activities often include the fluctuation of the tax rate through the years, available incentives in the country, flexibility in the application of incentive schemes, time for investment procedure and advantages and disadvantages of administrative investment procedures,” Tuấn said.

Hải Phòng notches big growth in H1 vietnamnews.vn 11th Jul 2018
The northern port city of Hải Phòng has achieved high growth in the first six months of 2018 and is moving towards maintaining its status as third-largest city in the country, an international trade hub and a driving force for national development, according to the head of the city’s People’s Council. Opening the seventh session of the 15th-tenure People’s Council of the city yesterday, chairman of the council and secretary of the municipal Party Committee Lê Văn Thành said all economic indexes of the city showed high increases that met or exceeded targets. At this pace, the city expects to meet the targets set by the 15th Congress of the municipal Party organisation for the entire tenure.

WCO supports Vietnam on the correct implementation of the HS 2017 and AHTN 2017 World Customs Organization 9th Jul 2018
Under the sponsorship of the Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea, a WCO National Workshop on the Implementation of the HS 2017 was held at the headquarters of the General Department of the Vietnam Customs in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 2 to 6 July 2018. The Workshop was facilitated by a WCO Technical Officer and Ms. Seri KIM, a WCO Accredited Trainer in HS matters, from the Korea Customs Service (KCS).

Ministry releases anti-dumping duties for import stainless steel products vietnamnews.vn 5th Jul 2018
The Ministry of Industry and Trade on July 4 released anti-dumping duties on imported cold-rolled stainless steel products after its second review for application of the duties. According to its Decision 2398/QĐ-BCT, the products of this review had codes of 7219.32.00; 7219.33.00; 7219.34.00; 7219.35.00; 7219.90.00; 7220.20.10; 7220.20.90; 7220.90.10; and 7220.90.90, imported to Việt Nam from mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.

General Department of Customs tightens scrap imports vietnamnews.vn 26th Jun 2018
The General Department of Customs has asked localities to tighten imports of scrap into Việt Nam. The department said scrap imports into the country had seen complicated changes, possibly causing pollution and affecting the environment.

Vietnam imports more than 1,400 Thai cars in 1 week VOV 25th Jun 2018
In the week from June 15-21, 1,431 completely built-up (CBU) cars were imported into Vietnam with a total value of nearly US$30 million, 96% of them were from Thailand, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Of the imported vehicles, 542 were cars with fewer than nine-seats from Thailand, accounting for 97% of the total of cars with fewer that nine-seats. In other vehicle trade, 836 out of the total 857 imported trucks also originated from Thailand. No trucks were imported from China. These trucks were registered for import at three major points in the country at Hai Phong port (538 units), Ho Chi Minh City (193 units) and Hanoi (126 units).

Solutions sought to strengthen customs-business community partnership VOV 22nd Jun 2018
Stronger connectivity between customs agencies and the business community has helped foster mutual understanding, Vice Director General of the General Department of Vietnam Customs Mai Xuan Thanh stated at a seminar in Hanoi on June 21. Thanh said that over the past years, custom agencies at all levels have held many dialogues with businesses, which have become effective tools to deal with disputes among parties.