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More must be done to stop smuggling, fraud

Update: September, 17/2015 - 09:43

Do Thang Hai, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade spoke to the Cong Thuong (Industry and Trade) newspaper about the country's efforts in cracking down on smuggling, trade fraud and fake goods.

What is the role of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the fight against smuggling goods, trade fraud and fake goods?

In March 2014, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed Decision 389 to establish the National Steering Board on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities or Steering Committee 389.

This is an indication of the government's resolve to crack down on illegal trade activities to protect producers and consumers.

At a meeting to view the MOIT's role in the fight against trade fraud and smuggling, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who heads the Steering Committee 389 said the Ministry of Trade are monitoring agents' efforts in cracking down on smuggling, trade fraud and fake goods. "Your activities have effectively helped to control the selling of counterfeit or low quality products in many localities nation-wide," said Phuc.

In the meantime, the MOIT has given timely instructions to issue new legal documents or to make amendments to old legal documents to make them suitable to the new situation.

So far, notable successes have been recorded in the fight against smuggling, trade fraud and fake goods. Yet there remains many hurdles in the fight, particular those relating to commodities and the production of raw materials. In your opinion, what are the main causes?

Objectively speaking, Viet Nam has a long coastline and border. They run through many complicated topography. In addition, living conditions of people living in border areas are poor. Their livelihood mainly relies on house-rent for storing goods and working as transporters of smuggling goods across the border. Further more, law enforcement forces have many times encountered fierce attacks by smugglers.

Subjectively speaking, our legal documents in the fight against smuggling goods, trade fraud and counterfeit goods are not strong enough to deter the smugglers' activities. In addition, the fight against smuggling and fraud has not received due attention from some ministries, sectors and localities.

In your opinion, what measures will help to control smuggling and fraud?

In my own opinion, for the long run, we must promote domestic production. In addition, we should fully implement a programme of poverty alleviation, improving the people's living conditions and job generation for people living in border areas.

The other point, I want to add here is the need to improve the consultation process during law making and implementation regarding trade activities. Due punishment should be given to any government officials who collude with smugglers.

In early June, the Government issued the Resolution No 41 to strengthen actions against smuggling, fraud and fake goods. Has the MOIT adopted a programme of actions to turn the resolution into life?

In mid July, the Steering Committee 389 launched a campaign to crack down on smuggling, manufacturing and selling of fake goods, particularly pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and diet supplement.

On June 30, the MOIT adopted a detailed plan to step up the fight against smuggling and trade fraud. Meanwhile the Domestic Market Management Department gave instructions to all provincial Market Management Departments to launch a campaign to put back law and order to trade activities and production.

I'm confident that when the entire nation joins hands in the fight, we will win the fight against smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit products. — VNS

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