|Many retailers of have taken Asanzo-branded items off their supermarket shelves. — Photo tuoitre.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Retailers have taken Asanzo-branded items off their shelves after Asanzo Việt Nam Electronics JSC was accused of selling products imported from China as 'Made in Vietnam' goods.
Electronics stores in Hà Nội such as Nguyễn Kim, Điện máy Xanh, Media Mart, Pico and HC have stopped selling the company’s televisions and air conditioners.
Staffs of Nguyễn Kim supermarkets on Tràng Thi Street said all Asanzo products had been removed from the shelves.
Asanzo product's suffered the same fate at Điện Máy Xanh supermarkets, while the store's website has also removed Asanzo products.
A representative from Điện Máy Xanh said they stopped trading all products from Asanzo after the company was accused of be trading Chinese electronic products bearing Made-in-Vietnam labels.
Most other electronics supermarkets in the capital city such as Media Mart, Pico and HC have also no longer sold the products.
Some small electronics companies and e-commerce platforms such as Shopee.vn, Lazada and Chotot are still selling Asanzo’s TV products at prices of VNĐ2.3 to VNĐ28.6 million each.
Meanwhile, many retailers of electronics and home appliances in HCM City announced they would replace Asanzo TVs for customers who bought the products.
Mobile World Corporation on Friday made an official announcement about the change at its Điện Máy Xanh supermarkets to ease customers’ worries.
The replacements will be available from June 27 to July 15 for products still in the guarantee period.
Trần Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, marketing director of Thiên Hòa electronics supermarket chain said they stopped selling Asanzo products and asked the company to respond to the allegations and to be transparent in publishing information to protect consumers' rights.
The HCM City Consumer Protection Association has not received complaints from customers relating to Asanzo products.
The Department of Industry and Trade is working with the Market Watch Department to investigate Asanzo’s products origin.
Local media on June 21 reported Asanzo Vietnam Electronics JSC had set up dummy companies to import spare parts from China for assembly in Việt Nam. Then workers allegedly removed the 'Made in China' stamps, assembled them into finished products and labelled them 'Made in Vietnam'.
On June 24, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc asked the ministries of Finance, Industry and Trade, and Public Security, the National 389 Standing Committee and other government agencies to work together on the case and report to the Government by July 30.
Asanzo Vietnam Chairman Phạm Văn Tam denied his company had been selling Chinese products in the guise of 'Made in Vietnam' at a meeting on June 23.
Established in 2013, Asanzo Việt Nam sells mobile phones and home appliances such as air conditioners, microwaves, cookers and blenders, with TVs its key product line. The company is preparing to roll out a line of vacuum cleaners as well. The electronics manufacturer aims to generate revenue of VNĐ10 trillion this year. — VNS