|The 21 watches detected by Tân Sơn Nhất Airport’s customs officers. – VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – Customs officers at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport detected a Vietnamese passenger taking advantage of a new customs procedure to illegally transport watches from Switzerland.
The male passenger detected at the “Green Door” (nothing to declare gate) was asked to move to the “Red Door” (goods to declare gate) for checking.
He was found carrying 21 Swiss watches hidden in his trouser leg to pass the inspection of the customs officers.
All files related to his smuggling were transferred to the HCM City’s Customs Department.
Also, the customs officers recently detained a passenger carrying a large number of panther’s fangs and lion’s claws when passing through the "Green Door" to evade the inspection of customs officials.
In March, the customs branch of Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport deployed the "Green Door" and "Red Door" to maximise the convenience and shorten the procedure time for passengers on entry, in accordance with international practice, towards the goal of attracting investment, trade and tourism.
The "Green Door" is applicable to passengers who do not have to declare goods, or for those whom customs authorities do not have questions, and passengers move through the "Green Door" to enter the country without any checks, instead of passing through the area of luggage scanners, as done previously.
They must be responsible for their declared behaviour. – VNS