|Part of the fake cosmetic packages are piled up and ready for destruction. -- Photo bizlive.vn
HCM City (VNS) — The National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Counterfeit Goods and HCM City economic police have seized five tonnes of fake cosmetics in District 6, HCM City.
The seizure from a storage area of Huyen Trang Cosmetic Company was part of a campaign started last week to uncover a large ring in HCM City, which was smuggling a variety of fake items of luxury brands such as Sasaki, Hikato and Puroz.
These products were registered to be produced or imported from countries such as France, South Korea and Japan by Huyen Trang Company.
However, the investigators found the fake goods had actually been made in China and smuggled to Viet Nam. The fake goods were labeled with original trademarks before being sold in the domestic market at very high prices.
Huyen Trang Company Director, Pham Huyen Trang, 46, from HCM City's District 1, was the owner of the fake goods and also the main organiser of the smuggling ring.
Trang, who has broken the law against smuggling and fake goods, said she had once used some fake cosmetic goods from the Phu Thinh Cosmetic Trading Ltd Company based in Binh Chanh District in HCM City.
These items included Sasaki bird's nest body whitening cream, Sasaki body whitening snail cream – both carrying made-in – Japan labels – and Hikato body whitening cream with a made-in-South Korea label, Trang said.
While checking a production branch of Phu Thinh Company in District 6, investigators did not find any modern assembly section or machine used for the production of such items.
Instead, they found a variety of simple tools and containers such metal and plastic jars or small electric cookers used for mixing unidentified substances to make such cosmetic products.
The investigators also found fake made-in-Japan and made-in-Korea labels at the scene.
Phu Thinh Company Director Do Thi Than, 45, from District 6, said to make such cosmetics, she herself bought the ingredients, mostly from the nearby Kim Bien chemical market and hired some local people to make the products for a very low VND40,000 each.
She said she could sell each fake product for more than VND200,000 in the domestic market. — VNS