Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to step up the combat against smuggling and trade fraud for winning consumers’ trust and making the investment climate healthy.

The Deputy Prime Minister, who is also head of the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities, described the work as an urgent and regular task during his working session with the ministry in Hanoi on September 27.

He required the ministry to strengthen collaboration with the police and customs forces to promptly tackle violators, especially at border areas where the situation is developing complicatedly.

Poor market management is particularly blamed for the entry of low-quality products imported from China , yet counterfeited as Vietnamese brand.

Minister Vu Huy Hoang said more awareness-raising campaigns are needed for manufacturers and consumers alike to prevent fake commodities from entering the country.

In January-August, the ministry handled nearly 64,000 violation cases, up 12.2 percent from a year earlier, and collected fines totalling 187 billion VND (8.7 million USD).-VNA