Authorities increase investigation of suspected smuggled goods

Update: December, 04/2015 - 14:02
HA NOI (VNS) — Police in co-operation with market management and smuggling prevention authorities are intensifying their investigations of a large number of goods suspected of being smuggled into the capital city.

The Ha Noi market management unit 4, in co-operation with the task-force 359 under the Steering Committee for Smuggling, Trade Frauds and Fake Goods Prevention and Ha Noi Police 113, on Wednesday found the consignments weighing dozens of tonnes being stored in a warehouse Ha Noi's Long Bien District.

The consignments including a variety of imported candies, cosmetics, supplementary food and many others household appliances, were suspected of being smuggled with fake goods because their owners could not provide any legal documents to authorities.

Most of the goods were covered with foreign language labels but without Vietnamese instructions considered as sub-labels for imported goods as assigned in market legislations, an official from the Ministry of Health's Food Safety Department, which was also involved in the investigations, said.

Dr Nguyen Thanh Phong, the department's director, said there had been no final confirmation on the legal origins of the consignments and authorities were still investigating.

Phong said if the authorities discovered any violations, the owners would have to suffer severe punishment as it was relating to a very large number of goods.

Initial reports from the market management unit 4 revealed that one such consignment belonged to Thanh Hoa Investment and Commerce Ltd Company with Mai Thi Quynh Hoa as the manager.

However, according to the manager, her company hired the warehouse of Dai Dong Industry Joint-stock Company to store the goods since early last month.

The case was still under investigation. — VNS