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HCM City tackles smuggling pre-Tet

Update: January, 10/2006 - 00:00

HCM City tackles smuggling pre-Tet

(10-01-2006)

Customs officers seize smuggled medicines at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Hai

HCM CITY — The Market Management Department of HCM City has started to crack down on smuggled goods and trade fraud, inspecting stores, warehouses and shops in a bid to control illegal market activities before Tet (lunar new year).

According to the local department, the crack- down would last until Tet (falling on January 29, 2006) and focus on unlicensed abattoirs, gas shops, packaged foodstuff processing units, and 17 imported items, including footwear, electronics, soft drinks and cigarettes, candy, processed foodstuff and cosmetics, which require certification before being sold in the market.

The department would also prevent smuggled Chinese firecrackers from entering the city. At least eight cases of smuggling firecrackers have so far been registered by the department.

Meanwhile, local authorities have reported a large amount of goods being imported illegally from south-western border provinces, western and south-eastern provinces, including cigarettes, alcohol, medicines, air-conditioners, mobile phones, clothing and cosmetics.

Authorities also reported goods imported illegally from the northern provinces, including electronic parts, motorbike accessories, clothes, and ready-made clothing.

According to authorities, smugglers using sophisticated means brought goods in lorries to outlying districts and later transferred them to the city in motorbikes or small vehicles.

The department registered 43 cases of illegal smuggling and transport of goods and 17 cases of market violations related to forged goods last December. — VNS

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