|An Giang Customs works with provincial border guards patrolling along the border river. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for more effort in the fight against petrol smuggling. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on ministries and agencies to co-operate better with the coast guard and border guard in fighting petrol smuggling.
Phuc, who is also head of the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities, said that ministries and agencies must co-operate to crack down on sea-based petrol smuggling.
According to the Ministry of Defense, petrol smuggling was common in coastal provinces such as Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Nghe An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Soc Trang and Kien Giang, in the exclusive economic zone in the south-western region and around international seaports.
Petrol smuggling negatively impacted the business climate, State budget and national energy security.
Ministry statistics show that between December 2012 and September 2015, the coast guard and border guard prosecuted two cases, where 15 people smuggled about 650,000 litres of diesel oil. They also fined 67 cases, collecting fines of VND270 billion (US$12.15 million) and seized over 21.3 million litres of petrol.
Last Friday, deputy PM Phuc complemented police and customs officers on their efforts to fight petrol smuggling in the sea off Binh Thuan Province, seizing 13,000 cubic metres of petrol A92.
The Ministry of Defense called on the Agriculture, Industry and Trade ministries to develop a fishing logistics plan to ensure a sufficient petrol supply for deep-sea fishing vessels.
The public security and finance ministries were urged to detect domestic fuel magnates and discover how they sent money overseas to buy smuggled fuel as well as those who falsify documents to have the smuggled petrol used in Viet Nam.
The Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs was asked to co-operate with relevant agencies and localities to tighten controls on guest workers so that Vietnamese workers could not go overseas and perform illegal activites like smuggling.
Deputy PM Phuc agreed with the Ministry of Defense recommendations.
He also asked Steering Committee 389 and ministries to review articles related to cross-border smuggling in the Criminal Code. — VNS