Government Steps Up Fight against Imported Goods Larceny

The Ministry of Public Security must promptly conduct a thorough probe into increasing incidents of theft from international shipping containers reported by the Vietnamese Cashew Association (VINACAS) and have the culprits prosecuted, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong.

Workers in a cashew processing factory

Agencies in charge of customs and transportation should implement active measures to prevent possible cases of theft during the transportation of imported goods.

According to VINACAS, seven cases of cashew theft have been reported by cashew exporters, with the total loss estimated at over US$400,000.

Furthermore, their tactics have become more subtle and dexterous from the previous year as all of the containers looked intact and properly sealed from the outside, while tons of goods had already mysteriously disappeared.

The ongoing cashew thievery has created enormous damage to domestic exporters in terms of both finances and reputation and they may even put some out of businesses.

Viet Nam is the world’s second largest cashew supplier after Brazil and the product is the country’s key export earning approximately US$600 million in turnover in the last eleven months of 2007. 

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Source SGGP, Thanh Nien – Compiled by Khanh Hong

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