|Officials examine imported products. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet.
HCM CITY (VNS) — The city department of market surveillance said more than 300 enterprises and household businesses in HCM City were found selling smuggled goods since early this year.
In its operation report for the first quarter of 2015, the department said it seized nearly 200,000 types of products that did not have valid invoices and documents to prove their place of origin. Among them toys, watches, smartphones and clothes were the largest in number.
Smuggling of cigarettes was one of the most serious violations, with nearly 235,000 packs and 154 motorbikes and trucks used to transport smuggled cigarettes being seized by the department in the last three months.
The department also reported another 135 cases involving fake goods of well-known brands, which led to more than 1.7 million products of different types being seized. — VNS