Smuggling and Fraud Remain Complicated

9:26:19 AM | 8/23/2021

In July, the complicated and unpredictable development of the COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted imports and exports. Some businesses took advantage of policies of central and local authorities on facilitation of production, business, trade, service, import and export to commit violations.

Customs authorities handled many cases like complicated and intense trafficking and illegal transportation of narcotics. In July, air routes and post offices unearthed many drug trafficking cases. On border lines of Dien Bien, Nghe An, Tay Ninh and other provinces, drug trafficking into Vietnam was serious as traffickers utilized very sophisticated tricks.

In order to effectively prevent, combat and control drugs and precursors, the General Department of Customs issued: (i) Official information on methods, tricks and increased drug control and; (ii) announcement of eight “new drug” substances discovered for the first time in Vietnam. In addition, through customs control, it announced a plan to probe the import of 50 timber containers by Inbe Asia Co., Ltd which showed signs of violation.

From June 16 to July 15, 2021, the customs sector coordinated with relevant bodies to detect and arrest a total of 1,217 violation cases with a value of VND99.536 billion. It collected VND23.581 billion for the State Budget. Customs authorities prosecuted three cases and transferred four cases to other agencies for prosecution.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum