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Agricultural Development Bank of China
InfoQuest

MOC works with customs to develop e-customs system and offer unified services within ASEAN

July 12, 2019


Abstract : Head of the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), revealed that as an institution managing and promoting foreign trade, DFT worked with customs departments to offer "National Single Window & Thai Customs Electronic System for CLMVT Countries.

InfoQuest (July 11, 2019) -- Mr. Adul Chotinisakorn, director general of the Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC), revealed that as an institution managing and promoting foreign trade, DFT worked with customs departments to offer "National Single Window & Thai Customs Electronic System for CLMVT Countries" courses together with customs departments on July 10-11, 2019, aiming to enhance the capacity of national customs officials in Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV countries), make them better understand the application of National Single Window policy, and learn relevant procedures and regulations, and learn more about government departments and private sector participating in the implementation of the above-mentioned policies. During the courses, DFT explained the procedures for issuing certificate of origin and E-CO cross-border data exchange.

Besides, the delegation of customs departments in CLMV countries visited the Foreign Trade Service Office of DFT, and learned how to issue certificate of origin in the form of e-Form D, and the information interconnection system of certificate of origin, for the sake of study and experience exchange. The knowledge will be used for subsequent issuing procedure of certificate of origin in each country, to ensure convenience for the import and export of enterprises with the same standards, and reduce trade barriers among ASEAN countries.

Currently, when enterprises submit relevant application and documentary evidence via digital signature system, DFT will issue certificate of origin in the form of e-Form D, with the review and approval time for each application only 15 minutes, said Mr. Adul. Then Thai Customs Department and issuing authority of certificate of origin will link with e-data of National Single Window (NSW), and send relevant information to destination customs. With certificate of origin, enterprises can immediately go through customs formalities, which mean convenience for enterprises with less time and costs.

Enterprises can apply for certificate of origin in the three service points of Director Bureau of Foreign Trade Services, including Sanam Bin Nam, Ratchadaphisek, and Suvarnabhumi Airport. At this point, the seven ASEAN countries that have accessed to e-Form D system include: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, and Cambodia. It is expected that Myanmar, Laos, and the Philippines will access to the system within 2019.

Source: InfoQuest, by Phana / Kasamarporn / Rachada, translated by Xinhua Silk Road

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