One-stop customs mechanism planned by year-end Chi Thinh By Chi Thinh – The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – National Single Window, a one-stop customs mechanism, is expected to get into full swing in December this year as part of the Government’s moves to simplify customs procedures for enterprises. As scheduled, the ministries of Finance and Transport will prepare for the one-stop customs mechanism to come online this November. In the initial stage, only certain registration procedures for ship arrivals and departures will be applied. The electronic administrative system will be connected to the ministries of Finance, Transport, and Industry-Trade in the first phase to be implemented until the end of 2014 before other ministries and agencies. Enterprises will be allowed to send their files to the system so that ministries and agencies can process them online and issue licenses in line with relevant procedures and approvals by participating agencies. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, head of the national steering committee for the one-door customs mechanism, signed Decision No.56/QD-BCDASW assigning duties to relevant ministries and agencies in preparation for the launch of the system in December after informing businesses of their connections to the system. The new mechanism enables individuals and organizations involved in import and export activities to submit information and standardized documents to only one address. Initially, it will be implemented on a pilot scheme for the import, export and transit of cargo and transportation means in accordance with the Customs Law.