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Smuggling season comes with Tet

Update: February, 01/2015 - 12:00

Lots of shopping happens around Tet, so many goods come into Viet Nam to be sold.

Some goods enter the country the proper way, through airports, harbours and border posts and the people who bring them in may be charged some taxes.

Other goods are brought in quietly and illegally so that the people who bring them in do not pay tax. Such people are called smugglers.

Many smugglers are working hard as Tet approaches, bringing goods across the borders.

HA NOI (VNS) — As Tet approaches, smugglers are adopting sophisticated tactics to evade authorised agencies.

They keep a close eye on law enforcement officers' every move, frequently change timing and places of operation and mobilise crowds to surround officers, hindering them from working or grabbing back the confiscated goods.

Tin Tuc (News) correspondents in Lang Son Province observed that smugglers took advantage of times when law enforcers were changing shifts or in the dark of the night. They focused on hot spots like Ro Bon (in Tan Thanh Commune), Goc Buoi and Hill 386 (Tan My Commune) and Khe Thot, Cot Co and Thac Nuoc (Dong Dang Town). When discovered, they would change their ways to transport their smuggled goods along trails and other border openings in Loc Binh District.

In Tan My Commune, Van Lang District, which has a 6km border with China, the correspondents saw thousands of people lining Highway 4B and waiting for the law enforcers to be off guard so they could illegally jump across the border to carry the smuggled goods back into the country.

In this district, authorised agencies have installed 18 checkposts at border crossings, in addition to hundreds of metres of barbed wire.

"Although each checkpost is manned by two to five people, who take turns staying on duty round the clock, smugglers venture to carry goods across in the dark night or on rainy, cold days to test if there is any response from us," said Nguyen Huu Tri, director of the Coc Nam Customs Department.

Smugglers also dispatch people to guard the gates of authorised agencies to keep track of law enforcers' movements and inform their accomplices to change direction, forcing law enforcers to constantly work out plans to mislead or distract them.

Meanwhile, heads of smuggling rings are sparing no effort to encourage "smuggling porters" to work for them by increasing their pay, from VND3,000-5,000 (US$0.14 – 24) to VND20,000 (almost $1). They also pay the "porters" immediately for smuggling the goods successfully.

The typical way that the porters smuggle goods is by carrying the goods on their backs or shoulders or putting the goods in two baskets hung at the ends of a pole placed on their shoulders. When they make it to the border, there are motorbikes in wait on the side of the border, which speed as fast as possible to avoid being caught. If caught, they send a large number of people to gather around the caught motorbike and try to grab back the smuggled goods. After that, some goods are transported to other provinces by minivans or pickup trucks that wait until night falls to leave, while others are mixed with legal cargo of passengers on long-distance buses.

The most common goods smuggled across the northern border with China are children's toys such as plastic guns and swords, crackers of all types, cosmetics, poultry, poultry meat and products made of big animals. Once inside Viet Nam, fake invoices allow them to be circulated on the market. — VNS

GLOSSARY

They keep a close eye on law enforcement officers' every move, frequently change timing and places of operation and mobilise crowds to surround officers, hindering them from working or grabbing back the confiscated goods.

To mobilise crowds to surround officers means to organise people to gather around them.

To hinder officers from working means to make it difficult for them to do their work.

When people in authority take away things that ordinary people are not supposed to have, those things become confiscated goods.

Tin Tuc (News) correspondents in Lang Son Province observed that smugglers took advantage of times when law enforcers were changing shifts or in the dark of the night.

Some jobs need to be done at all hours. People who do such jobs work a number of hours at a time before others take over from them for a number of hours. These sets of hours people work are called shifts.

When discovered, they would change their ways to transport their smuggled goods along trails and other border openings in Loc Binh District.

When goods are taken from one country to another, they need to go through checks at border posts. If they skip going through these checks, they are smuggled goods.

In this district, authorised agencies have installed 18 checkposts at border crossings, in addition to hundreds of metres of barbed wire.

Barbed wire is wire that has sharp spikes on it.

"Although each checkpost is manned by two to five people, who take turns staying on duty round the clock, smugglers venture to carry goods across in the dark night or on rainy, cold days to test if there is any response from us," said Nguyen Huu Tri, director of the Coc Nam Customs Department.

Venture means dare.

Smugglers also dispatch people to guard the gates of authorised agencies to keep track of law enforcers' movements and inform their accomplices to change direction, forcing law enforcers to constantly work out plans to mislead or distract them.

To dispatch people means to quickly send them off to do a job.

Accomplices are people who help others to commit crimes.

Meanwhile, heads of smuggling rings are sparing no effort to encourage "smuggling porters" to work for them by increasing their pay, from VND3,000-5,000 (US$0.14 – 24) to VND20,000 (almost $1). They also pay the "porters" immediately for smuggling the goods successfully.

Porters are people who carry things for others. Smuggling porters are such people who carry smuggled goods for other people.

After that, some goods are transported to other provinces by minivans or pickup trucks that wait until night falls to leave, while others are mixed with legal cargo of passengers on long-distance buses.

Legal cargo is luggage that is allowed by law and not smuggled or made up of goods that people are not allowed to have, such as narcotic drugs or weapons.

The most common goods smuggled across the northern border with China are children's toys such as plastic guns and swords, crackers of all types, cosmetics, poultry, poultry meat and products made of big animals.

Things that people put on them to look different, such as make-up, are cosmetics.

Once inside Viet Nam, fake invoices allow them to be circulated on the market.

Fake invoices are invoices that are not real.

When goods are circulated on the market, they are bought and sold.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1.      A country from which goods are smuggled into Viet Nam ahead of Tet.

2.      A kind of wire used for fences around border posts.

3.      A type of meat that is often smuggled into Viet Nam.

4.      A type of vehicle on which smuggled goods are transported.

5.      A place where people buy and sell things.

 

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1. China; 2. Barbed; 3. Poultry; 4. Motorbike; 5. Market.

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