Shipping companies can now lodge documentation at a single portal.
Nine companies, including SITC Vietnam, NYK Line Vietnam, Vietfrancht, Hanjin Shipping Vietnam, SP Shipping, and Hoyer Transport Vietnam, have become the first to join the National Single Window (NSW) system, which will help facilitate the entry, exit and transit of ships at international seaports.
The Ministries of Transport and Finance also became the first State agencies to join the NSW system, which will be introduced at Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria Vung Tau seaports, according to the General Department of Customs (GDC).
The nine companies can send 12 different documents to the NSW Portal, such as lists of sailors and customers, commodity declarations, and plant quarantine forms, instead of having to submit them to different agencies. The NSW system is part of the country’s efforts to realize its commitments to an ASEAN Single Window (ASW), said Deputy Minister of Finance Do Hoang Tuan Anh.
The Ministries of Industry and Trade, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Natural Resources and Environment, Defense, and Public Security, are to connect to the NSW shortly in a bid to cut administrative procedures, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said at the launch of the NSW on November 12.
Earlier this year the government issued Resolution No.19 on major tasks and solutions for improving the country’s business environment and national competitiveness. Under the Resolution, the government plans to simplify processes, paperwork and procedures relating to exports, imports and customs and reduce the time for import and export clearance to the average of the ASEAN-6 countries, of 14 days for export clearance and 13 days for import clearance.