Hanoi: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has told the Ministry of Finance and its General Department of Customs to remove unnecessary customs procedures. In Notice 289/TB-VPCP, the Prime Minister requests that import and export goods clearance time should be cut by 50% from the current level by the end of 2014. Paperwork should also be streamlined.
In 2015, Vietnam should reach the same standards of the countries in the ASEAN-6 bloc of Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei with the average time of completing export and import procedures and customs paperwork reduced to 171 hours a year. [01/08/14]