Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session with customs officers of Tan Son Nhat Airport on January 27 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 27 applauded achievements obtained by the customs sub-department of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

During a visit ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet), he said efforts by the sub-department have promptly prevented drug and weapon trafficking via Tan Son Nhat, one of the two biggest airports in Vietnam, thereby greatly contributing to security and social order and safety.

A surge in travel via Tan Son Nhat during Tet sets a heavy task for customs officers who must be fully alert and deal with emergencies in a timely manner, he noted.

Amidst the increasingly intensive economic integration, the customs sector of HCM City in general has to prevent smuggling as well as sabotage schemes of hostile forces.

The Government leader told them to push ahead with fighting smuggling and trade fraud while promoting procedure reforms to help create an open and healthy investment environment in Vietnam.

The customs sub-department of Tan Son Nhat Airport should also strive to take the lead in ensuring the safety of customs activities in the country, he added.

In 2016, it uncovered 250 smuggling cases worth some140 billion VND (about 6.2 million USD) and collected more than 7 trillion VND (nearly 310 million USD) for the State budget. -VNA