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HÀ NỘI – Petrol smuggling and trade fraud continues to be a big problem in Việt Nam, with several cases of fake and poor quality gasoline discovered by Government agencies.
According to National Steering Committee 389, the central authority on fighting smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods, inspectors have found gasoline samples taken from petrol companies and stations are diluted and low quality A92 gasoline.
The substandard fuel was found in Hà Nội, HCM City, Hòa Bình, Bắc Giang, Bắc Ninh, Nghệ An, Lâm Đồng and Cần Thơ provinces.
Some samples showed A92 petrol content was below 70 per cent, Lao Động (Labour) newspaper reported.
The source of the solvents was mostly found in Cần Thơ and HCM City.
The latest case was detected on January 9 in Cần Thơ City. Police caught a staff member of Vạn Nguyên 2 Petrol Company pumping 6,000 litres of detergent solvent from a tanker into another, which contained 3,000 litres of the solvent mixed with 3,000 litres of petrol.
The solvent was identified as Solmix industrial detergent.
Earlier last October, inspectors from Nghệ An Department of Sciences and Technology detected 12 gas stations violating regulations on gasoline quality. A further investigation between the inspectors and police revealed that two companies – Thanh Ngũ Ltd Company in Diễn Châu District and Kiên Lục Company in Quỳnh Lưu District – made fake A92 gasoline.
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Tax revenue collected from petroleum products business in localities has sharply increased compared to the past, said Đàm Thanh Thế, director of the Standing Office.