City tackles smuggling pre-Tet
|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.
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
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
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