HCM CITY (VNS)— HCM City will set up three inter-disciplinary inspection teams to inspect the consumer-goods market ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, according to the city's Department of Industry and Trade.
Under its inspection plan submitted on Wednesday to the city's People's Committee, the department said inspection teams would examine works relating to the city's price-stabilisation programme, preparation of goods for Tet, and monitor food hygiene and safety at distribution systems and food production establishments.
The department would also check to see that goods sold under the city's price-stabilisation programme are correctly registered and listed.
In addition, the department would work with market-watch agencies to deal with the transport and trade of smuggled, counterfeit and low-quality products.
The surveillance aims to create favourable conditions for goods circulation and to prevent a short supply of goods during the country's busiest season.
The departments of Industry and Trade, Planning and Investment, and Agriculture and Rural Development will lead the inspection teams.
The city's Market Watch Department will be responsible for carrying out inspections under its own plan.
With the long Tet holiday next year, demand is expected to top last year's Tet holiday period.
Preparation of goods at Tet have increased by 20-30 per cent compared to last Tet, especially for some products such as pork, poultry meat, fruits and vegetables, according to the department.
Last year during Tet, the city consumed about 4,000 tonnes of pork, so businesses this year have prepared about 5,000 tonnes of pork and reserved another 2,000 tonnes in case there is a surge in demand.
Tran Thanh Nam, deputy director of the Sai Gon Trading Group (SATRA), said it increased the number of goods for this Tet by 15 per cent over last Tet.
Vissan has prepared 3,000 tonnes of meat and 6,000 tonnes of processed food worth a total value of VND1.01 trillion.
Confectionary companies such as Bibica and Kinh Do plan to increase production by 15-20 per cent over last year to meet demand during Tet. The two companies said they would not hike prices during the Tet holiday.
Currently, the city's three wholesale markets – Hoc Mon, Thu Duc and Binh Dien – supply about 8,000 tonnes of goods a day. The supply is expected to go up by 50-70 per cent on the days near Tet.
According to the department, the reserve of essential goods under the price-stabilisation programme accounts for 30-40 per cent of the market's demand, with prices about 5-10 per cent lower than the market price.
The city has more than 2,700 outlets selling goods under the price-stabilisation programme, whose focus is on outlying districts, industrial parks, export processing zones and traditional markets.
There will be an abundant supply of Tet goods with good quality and stable prices, according to Le Ngoc Dao, the department's deputy director. — VNS