|Used air conditioners seized at Hiep Phuoc Port in September by the anti-smuggling police. — VNA/VNS Photo Hong Hải
HCM CITY (VNS) — Two companies located in HCM City, Hiep Binh Phuoc JSC. and Nam Phuong Luxury Ltd, are facing prosecution for smuggling prohibited goods in early September this year.
Decisions No.16/QD-TCHQ and 17/QD-TCHQ have been issued by the General Department of Viet Nam Customs to officially charge these two companies.
The anti-smuggling police, customs officials and the city police discovered four containers of electronic goods and cosmetics, worth VND6 billion (US$267,800) transported illegally through Hiep Phuoc International Port.
The companies initially declared their imported goods as used machinery such as lawn mowers, industrial sewing machines, welding machines, and grinding machines, in addition to plastic beads.
However, due to the tip-off they had received, the anti-smuggling forces stopped the customs clearance and began to investigate the entire shipment.
As a result, the working group discovered that the goods in the container were used television sets, refrigerators, air conditioners and medical equipment, which are prohibited by the State.
The container also had shampoos from Thailand, Meiji milk powder and functional foods.
Hiep Phuoc is an international port in Soai Rap River, operating since 2014 and could serve boats of up to 50,000 tonnes. — VNS