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More efforts needed to fight smuggling

Update: March, 22/2012 - 10:46

 

Market watch officers inspect an electrical goods shop in central Ha Tinh Province. Inspections are vital in the fight against smuggling, fake goods and trade fraud. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet
HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday stressed that the fight against smuggling, fake goods and trade fraud had become complicated and required drastic measures and better co-operation among relevant agencies.

Speaking at an online conference on activities to effectively deal with the problem this year, Hai asked the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Smuggling, Counterfeit Goods and Trade Fraud to guide agencies and localities to re-examine and address legal loopholes to prevent wrong doings.

He urged the Ministry of Industry and Trade to complete work to help the committee implement anti-smuggling measures at the grassroots level.

For products such as natural minerals, ore, gasoline and gold, the committee was instructed to develop specific and appropriate measures to be applied in key border areas.

The Deputy PM also noted that the committee should strengthen staff morality and raise their salaries to prevent corruption. The committee was asked to re-examine and make a list of banned temporary imports for re-export to submit to the Government.

At the meeting, representatives discussed barriers to their activities, including lenient punishment, a shortage of supportive equipment and human resources and especially those against large-scale and trans-national smuggling rings.

The Ministry of Public Security forecast that this year would witness new crimes such as gold and foreign currency smuggled from neighbouring countries and coal and ore exports.

In 2011 alone, the ministry uncovered and cracked down on nearly 70,000 smuggling cases worth hundreds of billions of dong, and 6,100 cases of manufacturing and trading fake products and intellectural property infringements.

Also at the meeting, 123 teams and 133 individuals were presented with certificates of merit for their excellent performance last year. — VNS

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