Prague (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asia Nations
(ASEAN) Committee in coordination with the Customs Administration of
the Czech Republic has held a webinar to introduce the electronic
customs of the European country.
Indonesian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Kenssy Dwi Ekaningsih, who
is also Chairwoman of the ASEAN Committee in Prague, and Trousir Jiri,
Deputy Director General of the Customs Administration of the Czech
Republic, co-chaired the event.
It attracted the participation of more than 30 delegates from six
embassies of ASEAN countries in Prague and representatives of the Czech
Tomaš Kocourek, an expert in charge of customs clearance procedures, gave an overview of the Czech customs system.
He said the customs regulations of the country were unified and complied
with that of the EU. However, member countries can decide for
themselves on value-added tax (VAT) and special consumption tax.
In his presentation, the expert also introduced in detail customs
clearance procedures for export, import, and shipment operations in the
Czech Republic, including procedures for registration of electronic
signatures, registration for customs inspection.
Only about two percent of customs clearance cases in the country are
conducted in the traditional form and the rest are all done through
electronic customs, he said.
Participants at the webinar shared opinions on factors such as product
standardisation, certification of origin, and freight transport
According to Vietnam Trade Counselor in the Czech Republic Nguyen Thi
Hong Thuy, the workshop aims to establish relationships with local
customs authorities, creating information channels and cooperation
toward simplifying procedures, facilitating the growth of trade in goods
between ASEAN and the Czech Republic.
She suggested that more seminars should be organised with specific
themes to connect businesses in member countries as well as other
organisations specialising in animal and plant quarantine or trade marks
She said ASEAN countries are a potential market and a promising
investment environment that the Czech state and businesses are
interested in the near future.
ASEAN countries recognise that traditional handicrafts, agricultural
products, food and essential consumer goods have many opportunities to
enter the Czech market, she said, adding that this is also a bridge to
penetrate the EU market.
In terms of two-way trade relations, Vietnam is the second largest
country in ASEAN after Malaysia in import and export turnover with the
Thuy also said the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) brings many benefits to Vietnam and the EU, including the Czech Republic, one of the first countries to ratify it.
One of the biggest benefits of the EVFTA is the elimination of 99
percent of tariffs, which saves costs for Vietnamese, Czech and EU
exporters and importers. This creates opportunities for Czech businesses
to export goods in areas where the country has strengths such as
textile-garment industry, glass, automobile, mechanical engineering,
food, and chemical.
Vietnam has an action plan to implement the binding provisions of the
free trade agreement, including a commitment to sustainable fisheries
management, Thuy said, adding that the country has made great efforts in
combating illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing to meet
standards relating to the environment./.