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Pre-Tet crackdown ordered on smuggling

Update: October, 03/2014 - 08:49
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asks the Ministry of Industry and Trade and localities to launch a campaign to fight smuggling and trade fraud before the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival next February.— Photo tienphong

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade and localities to launch a campaign to fight smuggling and trade fraud before the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival next February.

Phuc, who doubles as head of the National Steering Committee on Anti-Smuggling, Counterfeit Goods and Trade Fraud, said more inspections should be made to prevent smuggling goods crossing the border, particularly tobacco, fertiliser and helmets.

He said local authorities should work closely with other forces to crack down on smuggling rings operating en routes from northern border provinces to Ha Noi and south-western border provinces to HCM City.

He told them to raise public awareness about carrying or buying smuggled, copied or cheap products.

Leaders of localities where smuggling, trade fraud and fake products were common must take responsibility and punish those guilty, he said.

In the past eight months of this year, market watch forces nationwide handled nearly 64,000 cases of smuggling, trade fraud and fake products.

Fines for the offences reached a total of VND188 billion (US$9 million). — VNS

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