Chinese goods sold under Vietnamese brands
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A large number of garments from China have been brought into Vietnam and had their brands and labels replaced by those of the latter country, Duong Thi Ngoc Dung, CEO of the Vinatex supermarket chain, told a conference Wednesday.
Chinese garments are seen on sale in Tan Binh Market Photo: Tuoi Tre
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“It hurts seeing these Chinese products sold at Vietnamese supermarkets and other distributing channels,” said Dung at the meeting to evaluate the effectiveness of the drive to encourage local consumers to buy Vietnamese-made goods over the last six months.
The CEO also warned that this is no longer an isolated case.
“If this trend continues a large number of local laborers in the textile and garment sector will lose their jobs,” she said.
Sharing Dung’s concern, Nguyen Thi Nhu Mai, deputy head of the Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade, urged that the inspection and prevention on smuggled goods, especially those from China, should be fortified.
“Otherwise, the encouragement of using Vietnamese products will become less significant,” she said.
In related news, Dong Thinh Co, which imports and sells Chinese goods, was penalized Wednesday by the authorities of the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong for failing to provide receipts for customers.
The company was fined VND12.5 million for the violation, said Nguyen Cao Bang, an official from the province’s Gia Nghia Town tax agency.
Earlier the company had leased the Tay Nguyen restaurant to sell certain cooking utensils for locals at high prices, while the products were of poor quality.
Hundreds of locals Tuesday flocked to the venue and asked to return the pressure cookers, knives, and saucepans they had bought to the company.
The cookers were sold at VND1.6 million each, while tax officials found that their real value is only VND400,000.