Director General Nguyen Van Can has courtesy meeting with Deputy Director General of Customs Administration of the Netherlands

VCN – On November 23, Director General of Vietnam Customs Nguyen Van Can has a courtesy meeting with Deputy Director General of Customs Administration of the Netherlands Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ.
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Director General Nguyen Van Can has courtesy meeting with Deputy Director General of Customs Administration of the Netherlands

Director General of Vietnam Customs has courtesy meeting with Deputy Director General of Customs Administration of the Netherlands Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ. Photo: H.Nu

Mr. Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ led the delegation of Customs Administration of the Netherlands to work with Vietnam Customs after the two Customs administrations signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the implementation of the agreement between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters on November 1, and handed over documents on the occasion of the official visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Vietnam .

At the meeting, Director General Nguyen Van Can welcomed Deputy Director General of Customs Administration of the Netherlands Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ and the delegation for working with Vietnam Customs.

Dutch Customs is one of the partners that regularly cooperates and supports Vietnam Customs. Recently, based on the strengths of Dutch Customs, the two sides have exchanged experiences on customs management at seaports, risk management and target identification. Recently, Dutch Customs worked with the Vietnam Customs Working Group on the sidelines of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Council Meeting in June 2023 on customs control at the airport.

During the working process, the two sides closely coordinated in providing and identifying information for anti-smuggling.

“Motivated by achievements of the two sides, the signing of the MoU has showed the effective and deep cooperation between the two Customs administrations”, Director General Nguyen Van Can recognized and highly appreciated.

Deputy Director General Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ said that during the working with Vietnam, Dutch Customs wishes to grasp opportunities for cooperation in the near future. The two countries have similarities such as long coastlines and large volume of goods and ships trading across seaports and borders, so the two Customs administrations performs big workload. Therefore, Dutch Customs expects that the two sides will discuss and provide solutions to effectively perform customs control.

Dutch Customs expressed that it gets the experience of Vietnam Customs in implementing the management system and processing customs procedures when the volume of customs documents is increasing.

At the meeting, Director General Nguyen Van Can and Deputy Director General Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ expressed confidence that the Customs cooperation documents signed between the two sides will come into reality and be transformed into specific cooperation plans, and be consistent with the strengths and common goals of both sides.

The leaders also discussed the direction of cooperation between the two Customs administrations in 2024 and the following years. Accordingly, the two sides wish to promote close and deep customs cooperation commensurate with cooperation in the fields of diplomacy, trade, and investment between the two countries.

Director General Nguyen Van Can has courtesy meeting with Deputy Director General of Customs Administration of the Netherlands
Leaders of the two Customs administrations take photos. Photo: H.Nu

Based on the strengths of Dutch Customs, the two sides have set the goal of exchanging experiences on customs management at seaports, risk management and target identification, and customs control at airports. In addition, the two administrations have closely coordinated in providing and verifying information to control and combat smuggling.

In order to expedite the implementation of plans in the cooperation framework, the two sides will strengthen collaboration in sharing information on e-commerce, green customs, digital transformation, customs inspection and supervision of goods requiring intellectual property protection, customs value, and goods origin.

After the meeting, Deputy Director General of the General Department of Vietnam Customs Hoang Viet Cuong chaired the working session with Deputy Director General Arnoldus Bernadus Willem KOOIJ and the delegation.

At the working session, the two sides discussed on key contents of Vietnam Customs in the Development Strategy and plan for Digital Customs and Smart Customs; Customs supervision and management at airports and seaports. The content shared at the meeting is a foundation to help strengthen mutual understanding between the two Customs administrations and is the basis for exchanging and planning specific cooperation.

On the morning of November 24, the Dutch Customs delegation will have a working session with the HCM City Customs Department and survey the customs performance at Cat Lai Port.

Over the past years, the Netherlands has always considered Vietnam a "promising" and priority partner in the Asia Pacific region and increased sustainable trade and investment. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is Vietnam's second largest trading partner in Europe and the EU's largest investor to Vietnam with investment projects of large corporations.

According to the statistics, the bilateral trade in 2022 increased by 32% to US$ 11.09 billion year-on-year. The Netherlands has poured investment in 400 projects worth US$13.5 billion in Vietnam.

Regarding import-export turnover, the Netherlands is one of Vietnam's major import-export markets. In 2022, Vietnam's exports to the Netherlands reached US$10.43 billion, and the exports from the Netherlands to Vietnam gained US$ 0.67 billion.

In terms of export turnover, the Netherlands is Vietnam's 6th largest export market in 2022 (after the US, China, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong).

By Nu Bui/Ngoc Loan

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