General Department of Customs: A batch of aid masks is missing documents
More than 1.1 million 6-month aid masks have not been cleared for customs clearance due to incomplete documents and lack of import permits from the Ministry of Health, according to the General Department of Customs.
One day after Ms. Truong Thi Ngoc Anh, Vice Chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, reflected at the National Assembly about a batch of 1.1 million masks sent by businesses in Germany and overseas Vietnamese in Hong Kong. since November 2021 has not yet been granted customs clearance, the General Department of Customs has issued a notice explaining.
According to this agency, at the time of the two shipments to Vietnam, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front did not have two documents, including the decision to receive aid from the competent authority (the Ministry of Health) and aid confirmation declaration certified by the financial agency. These are all documents that strictly meet the regulations on customs procedures for goods that are aid masks.
Currently, the declaration of aid has been actively canceled by the Ministry of Finance to match the anti-epidemic situation. However, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front has not yet obtained an import license from the Ministry of Health.
The General Department of Customs has directed Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat Customs Branches to contact the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front to reduce storage costs for two shipments. In the immediate future, the customs authority agrees to let the Commission register the declaration and return the goods for preservation and additionally submit the missing documents within 30 days.
This morning, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front has contacted Tan Son Nhat Customs Branch and is making a paper declaration to bring the shipment of 599 items to storage. This agency also scheduled Noi Bai Customs Branch to carry out procedures for importing masks including 29 packages today.
In order to clear this shipment of masks, the General Department of Customs asked the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front to contact the Ministry of Health to supplement the missing documents as prescribed in Decree 98.
The anti-epidemic aid goods were entangled in customs procedures, which was reflected at the National Assembly session at the end of 2021. Ms. To Thi Bich Chau, Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front Committee, said a shipment of 22,000 milk cartons was imported by expatriates. A cell in Australia sent it to children in Ho Chi Minh City, but it has not been taken out for nearly a month.
When the shipment arrived, the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front consulted the Food Safety Department and the Department of Animal Health. The Department of Animal Health responded in two days, but the Food Safety Department asked Ho Chi Minh City to consult the Government. After that, the Food Safety Department explained, it did not have the authority to decide, so it sent a written instruction within the day. A few days after Ms. Chau’s speech, this batch of milk was cleared.
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