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Hanoi: Smuggling not stopped yet

15:41 | 10/01/2017

VCN- Prevention of smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting in Hanoi has not stopped, that was the statement of the relevant authorities at a conference to summarize the fight against smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeiting goods in 2016, and implement key tasks in 2017, held on January 3rd by the Hanoi City Steering Committee 389. 

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The Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh speaks at the conference. Photo: DN

According to Mr. Chu Xuan Kien, the Deputy Director of Trade and Industry Department, the Director of the Market Management Sub-Department, the Deputy Head of the Hanoi City Steering Committee 389: smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting in Hanoi had taken place complicatedly. The smuggled commodities were mainly cigarettes, alcohol, electronics, cosmetics, fashion accessories, and confectionery.

“Due to the large number of wholesale markets, with the warehouse chain along the Red River, Hanoi has been identified as a “hot” point of the transit operation, and gathering place for smuggled goods. Besides, because there are many arterial roads connecting to neighboring provinces, Hanoi meets many difficulties in the control of unknown origin goods”, Mr. Chu Xuan Kien admitted.

According to the Deputy Head of the Hanoi City Steering Committee 389, trans-shipment points such as the Ninh Hiep market, Yen Vien station, te Dong Xuan market, and Noi Bai airport were the key areas that the Hanoi Steering Committee 389 followed, required members, the Steering Committee 389 of districts, suburban districts, and communities to strengthen inspection and control. However, this work was facing many difficulties because the perpetrators often defied the law, taking advantage of market conditions to implement smuggling and trade fraud.

At the conference, a representative of the Hanoi Department of Customs informed that perpetrators often used some smuggling tricks in urban areas such as pining, and stuffing smuggled goods into goods with legal bills, or dividing and subdividing goods to transport. On the other hand, tricks of smugglers were that they took advantage of the preferential policy of border residents, wounded soldiers to transport goods into neighboring areas such as Dinh Bang ward (Tu Son town) and Ninh Hiep commune (Gia Lam district) to gather. Then, the smugglers divided goods to transport across the province to evade functional forces.

Besides, the situation of commercial fraud was common, perpetrators took advantage of Customs procedures to fraud and evade tax such as misrepresenting codes, quantities and types from statements. Especially, the abuse of the present policy to import illegally high-value goods. In some cases, companies declared that they only had imported a commodity, but when Customs examined and detected they had imported nine items. For some commodities with high import duty: alcohol, tobacco, foreign clothes, electronics, there was a practice of setting up a smuggling line divided into stages from smuggling, transporting to consuming.

According to the Hanoi Market Management Sub-Department, recently, production, transportation and trading of food commodities which had unknown origin, which did not guarantee safety, impacting directly on consumer health has been common.

Facing this situation, the Hanoi Steering Committee 389 asked industries and localities to plan proactively, give effective combatting measures based on the real situation in the localities and areas in their charge; focus on examining and controlling traffic routes, and warehouses which usually shipped and gathered the smuggled goods, and organize to survey and keep track of the market situation, make a list of perpetrators and places suspected of smuggling and commercial fraud to fight, destroy, and treat severely under the regulations.

According to Mr. Chu Xuan Kien, in the coming time, the unit would continue to strengthen coordination with forces such as Customs, Police, Health to survey, and keep track of the market situation; And to do the work of investigating, making a list of smuggling perpetrators and places suspected of smuggling or commercial fraud; Inspect, and treat strictly violations in complex areas such as Dong Xuan Market (Hoan Kiem), Ninh Hiep Market (Gia Lam), te Ha Vi Market (Thuong Tin), Hanoi Station, and the Gia Lam Station.

Addressing the conference, Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade appreciated the achievements and results on the mission implementation of the Hanoi City Steering Committee 389 as well as other departments and agencies of the city for directing, and organizing prevention and the fight against smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting goods.

Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh noted that in addition to stepping up the fight against smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting goods, the functional forces in the city should implement strictly Resolution No. 35/NQ-CP of the Government. Accordingly, public servants must be fully aware of civil service ethics, administrative reform; anti-bureaucracy, anti-corruption and anti-harassment; heighten the spirit of business service and support; violation officers making nuisance for businesses must be punished resolutely; and not inspect and examine without evidence prescribed by law.

At the conference, the Hanoi City People’s Committee handed the commending and rewarding decisions to 26 collectives and 20 individuals with outstanding achievements in the prevention of smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting goods in 2016.

According to the statistics of the Steering Committee 389, from the beginning of 2016 to the end of December 15th, functional forces detected, arrest, handled 23,589 violation cases, prosecuted 205 cases with 222 perpetrators. In those cases, 3,147 cases of smuggled prohibited goods; over 19,100 commercial fraud cases; over 1,300 cases of counterfeit goods and violation goods of intellectual property. Total State budget revenues were nearly 3,875.6 billion VND; the administrative penalty was over 1,400 billion VND (an increase of more than 760 billion compared with 2015); tax arrears and tax collection after inspection and examination was over 2,444 billion VND; and sale of confiscated goods was nearly 12 billion VND.

By D.Ngan / Binh Minh