|HCM City Market Watch staff inspect cosmetics illegally produced at the Tan Viet International Development Investment Company. The city has urged local authorities to allocate more money and staff to fight the onslaught of counterfeit products smuggled into the city. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Huan
HCM CITY (VNS) — Market-watch officers of HCM City have urged local authorities to allocate more money and staff to fight the onslaught of counterfeit products smuggled into the city.
During a recent meeting with city leaders, representatives from the HCM City Market Management Bureau reported that the city last year discovered 3,495 cases of smuggled fake goods, an increase of 210 per cent against 2012.
Phan Hoan Kiem, head of the bureau, said that most counterfeit and illegally imported products were wine, chemicals, canvas, cigarettes, agricultural materials, fashion accessories and cosmetics.
The fake goods are made both domestically and abroad and then smuggled into the country.
Infringement of intellectual protection rights is occurring more frequently, affecting licensed companies and consumers, Kiem added.
Dinh Minh Tan, a market control officer who is responsible for Binh Thanh District, said last year in the district 141 cases were discovered. The district collected VND5.1 billion from administrative penalties and seized goods valued at VND13 billion ($611,000).
Even though the city has increased the number of inspections as well as fines, the lack of resources and personnel has limited successful implementation.
Officials suggested that the government allocate more funds and personnel, as well as consider giving inspectors commissions for discovering violators.
However, Nguyen Thi Hong, deputy chairwoman of HCM City's People's Committee, said that an increase in violations had shown that capacity had improved.
The market bureau asked the city to impose harsh punishment on makers and traders of fake and low quality products. — VNS