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Confirming the leading role on the anti-smuggling front

10:12 | 08/09/2019

VCN – In the air of emulation of the whole sector to celebrate 74 years of establishment of Vietnam Customs (September 10, 1945 to September 10, 2019), the joy of each public official of the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department seems to double as this is also the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the department (1984-2019). Before important events, the officials and employees of the department tried to make many victories, contributing to affirming the role and position of the Customs sector in the fight against smuggling and trade fraud and counterfeit goods.

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Exhibits obtained from SD313 case.

Impression from special cases

The leader of the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department said that in the process of establishment and development of Vietnam Customs as well as in other countries' customs, anti-smuggling has always been a top priority.

Therefore, as the leading role, the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department has improved the capacity and qualifications of officials and employees, focused on fighting and breaking smuggling groups and lines, illegal cross-border transport of goods, promptly controlling hot and prominent phenomena in the last 10 years.

Looking back on the results from 2009 up to now, Director of the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department Nguyen Phi Hung said the department has deployed more than 160 fighting plans ands pecial cases nationwide, destroying large-scale smuggling groups.

One special case was XD-612 (2012), seizing four vessels with illegal trading of 1,830,567 m3 of A92 petrol temporarily imported for re-export in Thanh Hoa sea bordering Nam Dinh, with the value of infringing goods about VND 43 billion. This achievement was awarded the First-Class Victory Medal by the President to the Central Customs Marine Enforcement Fleet- Fleet 2.

Also concerning petroleum smuggling, in 2012, the department successfully broke the special case XHK09, struggling with the act of taking advantage of the customs regime temporary import for re-export to smuggle 422,000 litres of petrol Mogas 92 with a value of nearly VND 9 billion at Vietnam Air Petrol Company Limited (VINAPCO). The case contributed to stabilising the domestic petroleum price and proposing the Government to amend the management mechanism for this item.

In 2013, in the special case SD313, at the anchor of Nha Be (Ho Chi Minh City), the Southern Customs Marine Enforcement Fleet – Fleet 3 inspected Thai Binh 27 ship of Long Hai Trading Transportation joint stock company, led by Le Manh Hung, with the act of illegal transportation of weapons.

The Customs force seized 104 air guns, 105 silencer tubes, three sniper scopes, 11 large airgun cartridges and four small airgun cartridges with a total of 6,219 bullets.

Recently, when violations of scrap import have emerged, the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department established special case VT18 (2018) for clarification of the use of fake papers to illegally import scrap from foreign countries into Vietnam of Truong Thinh package manufacture enterprise (Ninh Binh).

Total infringing goods was tens of thousands of tonnes, worth at more than VND 50 billion. On August 28, 2018, the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department issued Decision No. 16 / QD-DTCBL to prosecute a criminal case for illegal cross-border transport of goods. The case file was handed over to the Investigation Police Agency (C03) - Ministry of Public Security under the decision on transferring the criminal case file for investigation under authority No. 02 / QD-ĐTCBL dated August 28, 2018 of the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department. In addition, many other violation cases related to scrap import were investigated and prosecuted by the unit.

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Rhino horns seized by the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department in collaboration with other units at Noi Bai International Airport in April 2019. Photo: T. Binh.

Attaching "combat" with advice and direction

In addition to breaking specific cases and special cases, the role of the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department is also clearly shown through advising leaders of the General Department of Customs and the Ministry of Finance in anti-smuggling.

The Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department has advised the General Department of Customs, the Ministry of Finance and the Government to perfect and synchronise the legal basis system related to customs control operation.

At the same time, chairing and building dozens of projects on improving customs control capacity such as projects on modernizing Customs control in 2008-2010; strengthening the capacity of drug prevention of Customs force in 2012-2015; preventing violating laws and coordinating in preventing and combating crimes in finance, securities, imports and exports; acts of transfer pricing and tax evasion of enterprises.

In particular, the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department has advised the General Department of Customs, the Ministry of Finance and the Government to establish and effectively manage the 389 National Steering Committee 389, the Standing Office of the 389 National Steering Committee to connect and promote synergy between competent agencies and local authorities in the fight against smuggling, trade frauds and counterfeit goods.

The department also actively strengthened inspection and guidance of anti-smuggling operation, ensuring operational efficiency of customs control force. This was clearly shown in the direction of strengthening inspection and guidance of customs control measures and handling of violations and the observance of the Criminal Procedure Code, systematically regulating the implementation of Customs control measures in the sector and replacing former traditional operations that were not consistent and specific. As a result, units have established dossiers and studied to understand the situation of subjects and geographical areas, focusing on building secret facilities to detect and prevent law violations. From 2014 up to now, the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department has managed 467 objects of investigation, 520 dossiers to study to understand the situation and 39 secret facilities, thereby establishing many large special cases.

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In the 74-year history of construction and development of Vietnam Customs and the 35-year journey of formation and development of the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department, it has been acknowledged the great contribution of the customs officials in the customs control and the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department in particular to thr proud achievements of Vietnam Customs.

By Thai Binh/ Huyen Trang