On the first day of collecting seaport fees more than 8 billion VND

Ho Chi Minh CityOn the first day of applying the official port fee, the city collected 8.25 billion VND with 6,139 declarations.

The Department of Transport of Ho Chi Minh City has just reported the results after two days of operating and collecting fees for the use of works, infrastructure, service works and public utilities in the seaport border gate area in the area.

Accordingly, on April 1, there were 6,139 declarations with the amount of VND 8.25 billion. On April 2 (as of 5:00 p.m.), there were 4,138 declarations with an amount of nearly 4.7 billion VND. It is expected that in 2022, the city will collect 3,036 billion VND, an average of 8.32 billion VND a day. Thus, the first day’s toll amount is close to the average daily revenue expected in the toll collection scheme.

The fee collection method of the city’s inland waterway port authority (toll collection unit) does not use cash through the 24/7 system of commercial banks, which does not affect the time for customs clearance of goods. When businesses pay fees, data will be integrated about seaport ports to manage vehicles in and out.

For businesses that have made a declaration of toll collection but have not yet paid the fee, cargo trucks will still go to the port normally. Customs and port authorities will conduct a check and send notices of unpaid fees to businesses. The above handling does not affect the transport of goods in and out of the port.

Loading and unloading, transporting goods at Cat Lai port, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thanh Nguyen

Previously, Ho Chi Minh City’s decision to charge for seaport infrastructure caused many reactions in businesses. Many industry associations and businesses repeatedly proposed to delay the fee collection period but were not accepted.

Most recently, at the beginning of March, seven associations proposed that Ho Chi Minh City move to the end of December 31 to help businesses avoid falling into difficulties and exhaustion.

The associations said that in the second half of 2021, many businesses had to stop operating because of the epidemic, while having to pay many expenses such as wages for workers, interest on bank loans, inventory costs, warehousing… due to not exporting, selling goods. Therefore, businesses believe that, if Ho Chi Minh City decides to collect seaport fees on April 1, businesses will be exhausted.

According to Ho Chi Minh City authorities, the fee for seaport infrastructure has been delayed twice so far. For the first time, instead of applying it from July 2021, the City Council is expected to collect it from the beginning of October 2021.

Until October last year, in order to support businesses to overcome difficulties caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City continued to request the City Council to delay the time to collect seaport infrastructure fees until April 1, 2020. 2022, 6 months behind schedule.

Fees for using seaport infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City

– For goods temporarily imported for re-export, stored in bonded warehouses, in transit and transferred from one border to another, the fee of 50,000 VND per tonne will be applied for liquid and bulk goods not packed in containers; 4.4 million dong per container for 40 feet container and 2.2 million dong per 20 foot container.

– For imported goods and exported goods, when the declaration is opened outside Ho Chi Minh City, a fee of 500,000 VND is collected for a 20-foot container; 1 million dong for 40 feet container and 30,000 dong per ton for liquid and bulk cargo not packed in containers. For imported and exported goods, opening declarations in Ho Chi Minh City collects a fee less than half of the above level.

Thi Ha


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