|Local customs departments were told to increase inspections of import and export activities and transport of goods, particularly in border areas.— Photo misa
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's General Customs Department instructed customs departments at all localities to increase their vigilance as smuggling and trading in counterfeit products surged around the Tet festival.
Smuggling and counterfeiting often rise as the holiday approaches, buoyed by the increase in demand for goods, particularly clothes, food and household products.
Local customs departments were told to increase inspections of import and export activities and transport of goods, particularly in border areas.
They were also instructed to increase staff working in customs clearance to prevent goods from being stuck at border areas, in addition to managing customs officials strictly in order to prevent corruption.
Cao Bang, Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Lao Cai are hot spots of smuggling and trading of counterfeit products. Deputy director of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai's Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Ba Binh said smuggling at the border gate and along the border between Viet Nam and China started to boom at the beginning of this month.
Over the past few days, authorities in Lao Cai arrested several people for illegally transporting counterfeit or low-quality products or products without clear origin into Viet Nam.
On Saturday, border guards caught two men illegally transporting 126kg of sausage and fried fish from China into Viet Nam. They confessed that they were paid VND50,000 (US$2.4) to import each 30-50kg package.
Binh said the department instructed provincial market watch forces to work closely with relevant agencies to prevent smuggling, particularly at border areas and coach stations.
Information dissemination would also be increased to encourage residents to denounce cases of smuggling and trade fraud and refuse to store smuggled goods, he said.
Regulatory authorities have handled nearly 80,000 cases of smuggling, counterfeit product trading and commercial fraud in the first ten months of this year, leading to the imposition of more than VND350 billion ($16.4 million) in fines. — VNS