Developing management policy on promoting development of cross border e-commerce

VCN - On January 8, in Hanoi, the General Department of Vietnam Customs worked with the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) in Vietnam to hold a consultation seminar on the draft decree on management of cross border e-commerce activities in customs operation. The seminar was attended by representatives of a number of ministries, sectors and businesses operating in the field.
tin nhap 20200110144353
Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Mai Xuan Thanh made a speech at the seminar

At the seminar, two main issues were discussed with businesses and experts around the content of the project on management of e-commerce activities for export and import goods and a draft decree on management of cross border e-commerce activities in customs operation.

Speaking at the seminar, Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Mai Xuan Thanh said the development of policies related to cross-border e-commerce activities in the customs field is based on trade facilitation. When enterprises declare sufficient and timely information, customs authorities have a mechanism to facilitate and clear goods quickly.

Therefore, the Deputy Director General asked participants attending the workshop to contribute ideas so that the drafting board would continue receiving ideas and finalise the draft before submitting it to all levels.

According to the drafting board, it is necessary to formulate a policy mechanism for cross-border e-commerce activities in customs that starts from a practical context.

According to statistics released by Statista (a German market research firm), in 2018, Vietnam's e-commerce revenue reached $2,269 billion and ranked in the top six of e-commerce platforms having highest development rate in 2018. According to the Vietnam E-commerce Association at the Vietnam E-Commerce Index (EBI) report of 2018, Vietnam's average annual growth rate was from 25 percent to 30 percent. If Vietnam maintained this growth rate, the e-commerce market size by 2025 would rank third in Southeast Asia after Indonesia and Thailand.

Along with that, a White Paper on e-commerce published by the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed up to 92 percent of people used mobile phones to access the internet, up 3 percent compared to 2017, while only 75 percent of people used computers to access the internet. Average daily time spent online was 3-5 hours/day with the rate of 30 percent. Notably, the rate of more than 9 hours was skyrocketed to 24 percent compared to 15 percent in 2017.

In fact, mobile phones are the most popular tool for online shopping with 81 percent. Furthermore,74 percent of people use e-commerce websites to shop, followed by social networks with 36 percent which was a decrease compared to 51 percent in 2017, especially signals from mobile devices increased by more than 10 percent to 52 percent compared to 2017.

The development of e-commerce on mobile platforms is considered as "fertile" land, full of potential. According to the report "Internet Economy of Southeast Asia 2018" published by Google - Temasek, the e-commerce growth of Vietnam in 2015 - 2025 was forecasted at 43 percent, bringing Vietnam back to become the country with the fastest growing e-commerce in the region. E-commerce has an increasingly important role in creating new production and consumption values, is a driving force for development and a pioneer field of the digital economy.

From that fact, e-commerce development is indispensable, so State management agencies need specific regulations to create a legal framework for parties involved in e-commerce transactions to comply with regulations, quickly and smoothly.

The management policy of e-commerce transactions has been developed, however, regulations are still incomplete, and do not meet the strong development needs of e-commerce activities in the era of 4.0.

According to the drafting board, through research on the situation of the management of e-commerce activities for export and import goods in Vietnam, there is no legal system applied for export and import goods through e-commerce. Therefore, this activity still faces many difficulties for parties involved in e-commerce activities as well as for State management agencies. Therefore, researching and proposing management solutions and building a legal framework for e-commerce activities are necessary and urgent.

On a practical basis, in the draft scheme as well as the decree, the drafting broad has made provisions related to the subject of adjustment; model, management mode; solutions of managing e-commerce activities for exported and imported goods and implementation.

At the seminar, participants contributed their opinions focusing on the draft decree on the management of cross border e-commerce activities in customs operation on the following issues: System for exported and imported goods trading through e-commerce; providing information on imported and exported goods; tax exemption, reduction, reimbursement, exempt from tax collection, handling of overpaid amounts, tax assessment, and deadline for tax payment of exported and imported goods trading via e-commerce; specialised inspection of export and import goods.

The comments have been recorded by the drafting board to continue improving the draft, ensuring suitability, promoting the development of e-commerce activities for export and import goods, and also ensuring State management on customs.

By N.Linh/Thanh Thuy

Related News

E-commerce: The door to bring Vietnamese goods to the world

E-commerce: The door to bring Vietnamese goods to the world

VCN - Cross-border e-commerce is one of the important pillars on the journey to promote Vietnam's export potential. On the Amazon e-commerce platform alone, Vietnamese businesses have expanded their international business scope with the number of products exported and sold on Amazon increasing by 300% in the past 5 years.
Improving legal framework, ensuring accessibility to green bonds

Improving legal framework, ensuring accessibility to green bonds

VCN - This is the recommendation of Mr. Nguyen Tung Anh (photo), Head of Credit Risk Research and Sustainable Financial Services (FiinRatings) in an interview with Customs Magazine reporters about green bond market development in Viet Nam.
Escape from "low-lying areas" of growth by promoting linkages in the Northern Midlands and Mountains

Escape from "low-lying areas" of growth by promoting linkages in the Northern Midlands and Mountains

VCN - "If the land is healthy, the birds will perch", linking the Northern Midlands and Mountains not only brings new momentum to the region but also brings many development opportunities for businesses.
Customs Operations Team at Kep Railway station, Bac Giang to be established

Customs Operations Team at Kep Railway station, Bac Giang to be established

VCN - Director of the General Department of Customs Nguyen Van Can has just signed the Decision to establish the Customs Operation Team at Kep Railway station under Bac Giang Customs Branch in charge of Bac Giang Industrial Park (Bac Ninh Customs Department). The decision takes effect from July 1, 2023.

Latest News

Quang Ninh Customs strives to exceed budget revenue targets

Quang Ninh Customs strives to exceed budget revenue targets

VCN - In the second half of 2024, Quang Ninh Customs needs to focus on implementing the task of building digital border gates; striving to complete and exceed assigned budget revenue targets, contributing to the overall achievements of the entire Customs sector.
Customs sector guarantees to accomplish target on assigned revenue collection

Customs sector guarantees to accomplish target on assigned revenue collection

Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Nguyen Van Tho said that the Customs sector will continue to facilitate production and import-export business activities, thereby ensuring the completion of the assigned budget revenue target of VND 385,000(exceeding VND10,000 billion compared to the assigned target).
Customs control at Bupran and Dak Peur Border Gates face difficult due to lack of equipment

Customs control at Bupran and Dak Peur Border Gates face difficult due to lack of equipment

VCN – Customs inspection and supervision performed by Bupran Border Gate Customs Branch at the Bupran and Dak Peur Border Gates face difficulties due to a lack of equipment, while the number of passengers and vehicle on exit and entry across these two border gates increase rapidly.
HCM City Customs refunds over VND 49 billion of VAT for foreign passengers

HCM City Customs refunds over VND 49 billion of VAT for foreign passengers

VCN – In the first half of 2024, HCM City Customs Department refunded over VND 49 billion for over 10,000 foreign passengers.

More News

Customs industry rectifies tax collection and management

Customs industry rectifies tax collection and management

VCN – To ensure the implementation of tax collection and administration in line with the law and guidance documents at all levels, the General Department of Vietnam Customs requests all units in the whole Customs to review shortcomings and limitations in tax collection and tax management.
Enterprises need to proactively monitor tax debts to avoid enforcement

Enterprises need to proactively monitor tax debts to avoid enforcement

VCN - Effectively implementing many tax debt recovery measures, in the first half of 2024, HCM City Customs Department has recovered tax debt reaching nearly 80% of the assigned target. Deputy Head of Import-Export Tax Department, HCM City Customs Department Truong Thanh Xuan shares about debt collection work of HCM City Customs Department.
Thai Nguyen Customs makes great efforts to facilitate import and export enterprises

Thai Nguyen Customs makes great efforts to facilitate import and export enterprises

VCN - On the afternoon of July 11, Thai Nguyen Customs Branch (Bac Ninh Customs Department) held the first Customs-Business Conference in 2024.
Dong Nai Customs: well preparation for new border gate infrastructure projects

Dong Nai Customs: well preparation for new border gate infrastructure projects

VCN - Dong Nai Customs Department actively carries out preparation work to be ready for the operation of new infrastructure projects such as Long Thanh airport and Phuoc An port, thereby creating space for business development in the area.
Businesses highly appreciate the administrative reform of Ho Chi Minh City Customs

Businesses highly appreciate the administrative reform of Ho Chi Minh City Customs

VCN - Businesses highly appreciate the effectiveness of administrative procedure reform of Ho Chi Minh City Customs, and wish to continue to pilot breakthrough projects of the Customs agency.
WCO updates e-textbook on containers and seals controls of Vietnam Customs

WCO updates e-textbook on containers and seals controls of Vietnam Customs

VCN –CLiKC! the WCO Training Portal updates the textbook “Basic knowledge of containers and seal inspection techniques” of Vietnam Customs as references in training for Customs administrations. This is the first time that the e-textbook of Vietnam Customs is used as training material for Customs administrations around the world.
Hai Phong Customs increases by nearly VND1,300 billion in revenue

Hai Phong Customs increases by nearly VND1,300 billion in revenue

VCN - Positive growth in budget revenue is one of the important and outstanding results of Hai Phong Customs Department in the first six months of 2024.
Customs specifies administrative reform goals to help facilitate trade

Customs specifies administrative reform goals to help facilitate trade

VCN - The business community recognizes the administrative reform and timely guidance on new policies, and dialogue to remove obstacles as an active support of the Customs for production and business of the business community.
Survey and evaluate actual development of Customs-Business partnership

Survey and evaluate actual development of Customs-Business partnership

VCN - the Customs Reform and Modernization Board (General Department of Vietnam Customs) held a workshop to survey and evaluate the development of Customs-Business partnership and related parties (2014-2024) on July 8, at Bac Ninh Customs Department.
Read More

Your care

Latest Most read
Quang Ninh Customs strives to exceed budget revenue targets

Quang Ninh Customs strives to exceed budget revenue targets

VCN - In the second half of 2024, Quang Ninh Customs needs to focus on implementing the task of building digital border gates; striving to complete and exceed assigned budget revenue targets, contributing to the overall achievements of the entire Customs
Customs sector guarantees to accomplish target on assigned revenue collection

Customs sector guarantees to accomplish target on assigned revenue collection

Deputy Director General Nguyen Van Tho said that the Customs sector will continue to facilitate production and import-export business activities, thereby ensuring the completion of budget revenue target
Customs control at Bupran and Dak Peur Border Gates face difficult due to lack of equipment

Customs control at Bupran and Dak Peur Border Gates face difficult due to lack of equipment

VCN - In the first six months of 2024, Dak Lak Customs Department, Nguyen Duc Muoi, Manager of the Buprang Border Gate Customs Branch, said that the branch is in charge of managing two land border gates, including Bupran Border Gate and Dak Peur Border Ga
HCM City Customs refunds over VND 49 billion of VAT for foreign passengers

HCM City Customs refunds over VND 49 billion of VAT for foreign passengers

VCN - In the first six months of the year, the department refunded VND49 billion of VAT to goods brought by 10,443 foreigners when exiting the country.
Customs industry rectifies tax collection and management

Customs industry rectifies tax collection and management

VCN - The regulator requires the units to review shortcomings and limitations in tax collection and management, including tax arrears, late payment interest, and sanctioning of administrative violations (if any); consider responsibility for violations and
Mobile Version