Smuggled medical equipment worth $140,000 detected

Customs officers and police yesterday detected a batch of smuggled medical equipment worth $140,753 after many days of keeping it under observation.

The shipment of second hand medical equipment detected (Photo: SGGP)

The shipment of second hand medical equipment detected (Photo: SGGP)

The Customs officers in Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh city, the department of smuggling prevention called C74 and the police department's economic crime investigation division ( PC46) under the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security  followed and detected ten batches of the second hand CT tomography machines weighing 5.7 tons worth over VND3.2 billion ($140,753).

The batches were discovered while it was in transit procedure in Vietnam before they were exported to Cambodia through Xa Mat border gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
Second medical items are banned from import into Vietnam. Con Ong (Bee) Company at 39B Truong Son Street in District Tan Binh directed by Dinh Huu Thanh declared the shipments are new items in its declaration to evade the application for the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s license. 
Currently, some smugglers have taken advantage of transiting Vietnam before exporting to Cambodia. This is new tricks. Customs Department has increased inspections so officers discovered smuggling case.
Director of Olympic Company Nguyen Kien Hung was prosecuted for smuggling second hand medical equipment in order to evade license issued by the Ministry of Health last year.


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