The Investigation Agency under Ho Chi Minh City Police Department on July 24 completed investigation and proposed the city Supreme People’s Court to prosecute three people for smuggling branded clothes.
Police in Ho Chi Minh City had uncovered a large consignment of high fashion clothing and accessories from four trucks in the downtown area last November, and are now preparing to prosecute the concerned individuals.
Smugglers are flourishing along the southwest border of Vietnam, blatantly bringing in commodities like sugar, cigarettes and wine into the country via Cambodia, to rake in profits during the Tet Lunar New Year.
Despite efforts to crack down on illegal imports of rotten meat into the country, officials say smugglers are always one step ahead. Animal organs can fetch traders high prices in Vietnam, and loopholes in policies to encourage cross-border trade have only worsened the problem.
The city’s Market Management Unit has begun to carry out closer supervision of factories and markets to prevent counterfeiting, smuggling and the production of unhygienic foods as the end of the year approaches.