Kien Giang intensifies fight against cross-border smuggling

Site support groups (SSGs) have been set up in Vietnam by BirdLife International since 2002, proving effective in conserving important bird areas (IBAs) of the country. A corner of Tram Chim National Park, an important bird area, in Dong Thap province IBAs are forest or wetland areas important for the conservation of bird populations and other fauna and flora species. There are 63 IBAs in 37 provinces and cities across Vietnam at present, covering nearly 1.7 million hectares or 5 percent of the country’s natural area. Each IBA in the country spans between 2ha and more than 100,000ha. Central Quang…... [read more]

At a review meeting in Hanoi on January 10, Dung lauded the sector’s performance in 2013, especially its efforts to ease production difficulties, ensuring the market law of supply and demand, shoring up industrial production, and reducing inventories. He particularly acknowledged the sector’s solutions for increasing trade promotions at home and abroad, equitising its businesses for higher operational efficiency, and balancing trade. In 2013 Vietnam enjoyed trade surplus for the second year in a row, he noted. Outlining tasks for 2014, he asked the sector to formulate policies on trademark and support industry development, enhance craft associations’ role in assisting…... [read more]

According to the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department under the General Department of Vietnam Customs, most of the products smuggled into the country are those subjected to high tax rates or requiring an inspection of quality, food safety, and hygiene. Commonly smuggled goods include weapons, explosives, firecrackers, reactionary cultural products, motor oil, cattle and animals, electronic items, alcohol, and cigarettes. Busy market across the country According to the Lang Son provincial Department of Customs, tasked with the responsibility for the northern border, authorities have uncovered nearly 100 cases of firecracker smuggling since the beginning of the year. Tonnes have been seized.…... [read more]

Chang Wei Wei, a.k.a Michael, was found guilty of cross-border smuggling of foreign exchange, according to the People’s Court of Tay Ninh Province on September 30. According to the indictment, on August 1, Wei attempted to enter Vietnam from Cambodia through Moc Bai Border Gate in Tay Ninh. He did not declare any amount of foreign exchange brought with him. Subsequent screening led to his arrest, after customs officers found US$20,000 in his bag, US$10,000 in his pocket and another US$900 in his wallet. According to Vietnam Customs, a declaration must be made to the customs authorities if a person…... [read more]

The sixth tripartite ministerial meeting on drug control cooperation among Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia opened in the ancienttown of Hoi An , central Quang Nam province on October 18. In 2005,the effective cooperation in drug control among the three countries significantly contributed to investigating, detecting and preventing cross-border smuggling and illegal transport of drugs. However, due to different reasons, joint coordination in drug control by legal enforcement forces in border areas still had limitations, and the commitment of drug-related crimes became more serious and complicated. At the conference, representatives from the three countries agreed to take specific measures with a…... [read more]

During the meeting, the two sides said they were pleased with the results achieved in various fields such as enforcing both governments’ policies and laws and building 14 primary schools and five clinics in the area, as well as organising literacy classes for more than 1,600 people and free health checks for 1,389 individuals. Vietnam and Laos also worked together to recover and repatriate the remains of 749 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and specialists who died on Lao battlefields in the past. Last year, border security and policies saw positive changes, with a reduction in cross-border smuggling, drug trafficking and illegal…... [read more]

During the talks on January 16, both host and guest discussed measures to smash hostile forces’ plots and attempts aimed at undermining the traditional friendship and harming national security and social order in their respective country. Both sides pledged to work cohesively to combat crime and economic offenders, especially those involved in the trafficking of drug, women and children, cross-border smuggling by road and air, and criminals on the wanted list. They agreed to ensure security and order in border areas and the development triangle as clarified in a joint statement of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao Prime Ministers during the…... [read more]

Addressing a conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on December 5, Mr Hai stressed the need to ensure an adequate supply of commodities to prevent price hikes. According to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), more than 1,200 price stabilization shops have been set up in all provinces and cities across the country with 1.44 million tonnes of rice and a huge volume of other essentials such as sugar, milk, cooking oil, processed food, and noodles already in stock. In the northern region, market prices remain under control despite a drop in meat output…... [read more]

The conference was attended by representatives from the Government Office, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Security. In recent years, the fight against fake and substandard goods helped make trade activities more reliable and create favourable conditions for businesses to boost production and development. According to statistics, in the last ten years, market management parties dealt with more than 100,000 cases related to production of fake goods and violation of intellectual property rights with a total fine payment of VND124 billion. Customs officers also handled almost 200 cases of export and…... [read more]

Director General of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Nguyen Ngoc Tuc, and Hong Kong’s Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Clement Cheung, signed the document in Brussels, Belgiuim, on June 28 within the framework of the annual World Customs Organization (WCO) conference. This was the 18thdocument of its kind Vietnam Customs has signed with foreign partners. Addressing the signing ceremony, Tuc highly appreciated the cooperative agreement between the two sides, aiming to prevent and combat cross-border smuggling, commercial fraud, and customs violations. He stressed that the MoU represents the long-standing cooperation between the two customs agencies and the common wish…... [read more]

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