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Authorities to crackdown on toy shops

Update: September, 10/2013 - 08:57
Last Monday, market watch teams found and confiscated over 1,000 smuggled toys in two shops in Hang Giay and Luong Van Can streets.— Photo vov

HA NOI (VNS)— With the Mid-Autumn Festival fast approaching, authorities are beginning a nationwide crackdown on the markets expected to see increasing demand during the holiday.

The Ministry of Science and Technology have revealed that in recent inspections, over 30 per cent of examined toy shops were found to be violating regulations on goods ownership and proof of origin.

Out of 340 toy shops checked in the last month, 92 have been fined for not providing accurate labelling while 12 have been penalised for selling products without a conformity regulation (CR) stamp

"Most of these toys were smuggled across the border without certificates of origin," explained Tran Minh Dung, the ministry's chief inspector, to Ha Noi Moi newspaper.

In the capital last month, authorities discovered many dangerous toys being transported and purchased by illegal means.

Last Monday, market watch teams found and confiscated over 1,000 smuggled toys in two shops in Hang Giay and Luong Van Can streets.

On August 27, another team seized over 100 plastic toy guns and swords with unclear origin in a warehouse on Duc Giang street in Long Bien District.

The forbidden products were said to belong to the Ha Noi Industry Construction Joint Stock Company, who may have been planning to sell them during the Mid Autumn Festival.

City police previously discovered a truck transporting over 7,000 toy guns of many types in Hoang Mai District, all of which were banned from being sold.

"There are a great many toys in the market nowadays, and many varieties. The management of the products' CR stamps, as a result, is difficult," Dung said.

He also added that the current fine of VND10-15 million (US$480-720) levied on violators, regardless the scale of their wrongdoing, was not strong enough to prevent them from selling smuggled toys.

He attributed this reason for the meagre collection of only VND45 million (over $2,000) from violators during the inspection period, even though 104 people were found to have broken the law.

"Decree 80, effective this Sunday, will hopefully solve this shortcoming as it specifically refers to punishment levels basing on quantity and quality of goods which violate trade regulations," Dung said. — VNS



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