The National Steering Committee has issued a document to instruct the Steering Committee 389 of ministries, sectors and localities to strengthen control against smuggling from taking advantage of the transit policy on imports and exports.

The document of the National Steering Committee 389 showed that recently, competent forces such as the police and the Customs force have discovered many cases of smuggling of goods banned from import and subject to conditional import (used products) such as motorcycles, auto parts, electromagnetic, refrigeration in many cities and provinces. Tricks of perpetrators have been quite sophisticated as the goods are not transported to the export border, or perpetrators deliberately break customs seals to disperse goods.
The National Steering Committee 389 has requested the Steering Committee 389 of ministries, sectors, and localities to focus on directing their competent units to intensify the fight against the above smuggling activities.
The Ministry of Finance shall review the regulations on the management of the mode of transport of goods in transit, transshipment to direct the Customs offices to closely inspect and supervise the consignment of transited goods right from the importation stage till the time of actual export and strictly handle the violations according to regulations.
The Ministry of Public Security shall direct the forces to define smuggling rings to fight against the withdrawal, dispersion and exchange; coordinate with the Customs and the Border Guard force to prevent the goods being smuggled in the course of transportation, across the border, for consumption in Vietnam.
The Ministry of Defense shall direct the Border Guard and the Coast Guard units in intensifying the inspections and control of the trails, sea areas, openings and river in order to prevent the transportation of goods from the other countries of the border into Vietnam.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has directed Market Management forces to control the agents, retail market, stores for sale and storage of banned goods.
The Steering Committee 389 of provinces and cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, An Giang, Long An, Kien Giang and Dong Thap provinces has directed units to actively inspect and control in the area, fight against the illicit trade and consumption of goods banned from import and goods subject to conditional import in the localities.
(Customs News)