The signatories of the document were Vietnamese Deputy Finance Minister Vu Thi Mai
and US Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam Caryn McClelland.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Mai said that Vietnam attaches importance to its comprehensive partnership with the US, reflected through the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to remove obstacles for bilateral economic-trade relations and facilitate US firms’ business activities in Vietnam over recent times.
As part of the joint efforts in promoting healthy trade ties and cooperation between the two countries, in recent years, the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance, through the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDC), and the US Department of Homeland Security, through the US Customs and Border Protection, have endeavored to finalise negotiations on the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement.
The agreement offers a legal basis for the official relationship and the cooperation, technical assistance and information exchange mechanism between the two customs agencies, aiming to prevent, detect and handle violations of customs laws. Particularly, in the context of the growing Vietnam-US trade relations, assistance activities based on the agreement will bring substantive contributions to trade facilitation and contribute to the fight against trade frauds and the illegal transportation of goods across each other’s territory to evade trade remedies.
For her part, McClelland hailed the agreement as an important document in Vietnam-US trade ties, affirming that the US wishes to cooperate with Vietnam in various areas aiming to accelerate bilateral trade ties.