VCN - Counterfeit and fake goods of famous brands have penetrated the shopping centres and high-end supermarkets in big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
|Many fake goods of famous brands were seized by Market Management force in February 2020.|
Seize many "false" brands
According to the General Department of Market Management, facing fake goods, counterfeit goods and poor quality goods is one social “hot potato”. Counterfeit goods and fake goods appear in many segments of the market, from grocery stores in remote areas to the streets of urban areas, even penetrate the shopping centres and high-end supermarkets in large cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
For example, in January 2020, the General Department of Market Management worked with HCM City Market Management Department to check 14 business locations in Saigon Square and Lucky Plaza (HCM City),the busiest shopping area in Saigon. This is considered an "opening" campaign selected by the General Department of Market Management to implement Decision 3972/QD-TCQLTT on prevention, inspection and handling of violations in the areas, prominent convergence of counterfeit goods, unknown origin and infringing intellectual property rights.
Through the inspection process, shopowners in Saigon Square and Lucky Plaza, where the business community still claim are gathering places and openly selling counterfeit goods, closed at the same time before a raid for fake goods of Market Management force. Within two days, the Market Management fource seized thousands of products including watches, bags, belts, leather purses, sports shoes, fashion glasses faked world famous brands Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Prada at 14 business locations.
Continuing in February, the General Department of Market Management worked with the Hanoi Market Management Department to inspect and temporarily seize goods with signs of counterfeit famous brands at 10 locations in My Dinh 1 urban area, Me Tri, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi.
Through inspection, the Market Management force seized many products such as bags, backpacks and leather wallets with labels of famous brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Hermes; Montblanc belts (leather and simili); watch of IWC, Montblanc Watch, Rado, Valentino, Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet; Nike, Louis Vuitton sports shoes; Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Jeans and The North Face. The clothes had signs of counterfeiting famous brands and some goods lacked invoices and documents related to the goods.
Next, in March, Market Management force inspected 20 kiosks at Saigon Square Centre (located at 77-89 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1 and Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City) and seized 1,500 items of goods that were bags, backpacks, purses, shoes, watches, eyeglasses and belts showing signs of counterfeiting of trademarks of famous brands such as Adidas, Gucci, Cartier, Rolex, Calvin Klein, Prada and Montblanc with a total value of goods of about VND 146 million.
Arrange resources for inspection and supervision
In the future, the Market Management force will propose the Steering Committee of 389 of localities to clarify the responsibilities of management, supervision, prevention, inspection and handling of violations of each agency and organisation in prominent locations.
The forces of Market Management, the Police, the district, commune, ward, residential quarter, hamlet, management authority of market, trade centres, trade villages, cooperatives, societies, associations trades in the locality should develop plans of communication, advocacy, law dissemination, sign commitments and allocate sufficient resources to organise monitoring, supervision and inspection , thoroughly handling violated business locations in prominent areas.
At the same time, implementing plans of preventing counterfeit goods, unknown origin and infringing intellectual property rights.
Strengthening coordination solutions between specialised agencies and law enforcement agencies to actively investigate, monitor, detect and promptly handle violations on e-commerce and social networking and mobile application.
The Market Management force also focused on deploying online tools to connect Market Management authorities with businesses and consumers to effectively and conveniently for supporting the communication, law dissemination and consumer guidance as well as sharing information and denouncing violations.
At the same time, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued regulations on goods "Made in Vietnam" to facilitate the handling of commercial fraud on the origin of goods.
By Quang Hùng/Thanh Thuy