The Customs Department has claimed its study of customs clearance in late last year suggested that customs clearance at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Laem Chanbang Port was faster than in 2017.
The duration of goods arriving at Suvarnabhumi's cargo and goods leaving customs custody through the green line was 115 minutes for pre-arrival procedures, and 17 hours and two minutes for normal procedures, a reduction of 15 hours and seven minutes from the year before.
For goods arriving at Laem Chabang via the green channel, it took one day and 53 minutes for pre-arrival procedures and 45 hours and 39 minutes for normal procedures, a reduction of customs clearance of eight hours and 46 minutes from 2017.
The duration of goods arriving at Suvarnabhumi cargo and goods leaving customs' custody was four hours and 55 minutes for pre-arrival procedures, and 22 hours and 40 minutes for normal procedures, a reduction of 17 hours and 45 minutes from 2017.
For goods arriving at Laem Chabang via the red line channel, it took 30 hours and 47 minutes for pre-arrival procedures and 35 hours and 57 minutes for normal procedure, a reduction of customs clearance of five hours and 10 minutes from 2017.
Asean finance ministers recently said they would strengthen their customs cooperation in order to faster facilitate goods in transit to promote more trade and investment in the region.
The Asian Development Bank also urged Asean to jointly reform their customs practices.