Customs cries out over import tricks

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HCMC – Cat Lai Port customs has uncovered 1,750 pairs of shoes and 12 containers of bricks imported as non-commercial goods and this is considered one of fraudulent ways to cope with the regulation to restrict imported commodities set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

By Minh Tam - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Cat Lai Port customs has uncovered 1,750 pairs of shoes and 12 containers of bricks imported as non-commercial goods and this is considered one of fraudulent ways to cope with the regulation to restrict imported commodities set by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The two aforementioned cases were given by Bui Viet Hung, head of management department of the HCMC Customs Department in a review meeting of the customs sector. According to Hung, this situation has been seen repeatedly since the industry and trade ministry released Announcement 197 and Circular 20 on restricting the import of some non-essential commodities.

The ministry has yet to stipulate numbers and value of goods imported for non-trade purposes and this loophole has allowed enterprises to claim their imported products as non-commercial goods while they are all for business. As a result, the local customs agencies have found no way to tackle this issue so far.

“These individuals and firms seems not to violate the prevailing regulations but what they have done in reality is abnormal and the responsibility obviously falls on customs if such goods are released onto the market,” Hung noted. Thus, he called for appropriate solutions from relevant authorities in order to deal with this as soon as possible.

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