With the Mid-Autumn Festival fast approaching, authorities are beginning a nationwide crackdown on the markets expected to see increasing demand during the holiday.

The Ministry of Science and Technology have revealed that in recent inspections, over 30 percent of examined toy shops were found to be violating regulations on goods ownership and proof of origin.

Out of 340 toy shops checked in the last month, 92 have been fined for not providing accurate labelling while 12 have been penalised for selling products without a conformity regulation (CR) stamp.

"Most of these toys were smuggled across the border without certificates of origin," explained Tran Minh Dung, the ministry's chief inspector.

In the capital, last month, authorities discovered many dangerous toys being transported and purchased by illegal means.

Early last week, market watch teams found and confiscated over 1,000 smuggled toys in two shops in Hang Giay and Luong Van Can streets.

On August 27, another team seized over 100 plastic toy guns and swords with unclear origin in a warehouse on Duc Giang street in Long Bien district.

The forbidden products were said to belong to the Hanoi Industry Construction Joint Stock Company, who may have been planning to sell them during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

City police previously discovered a truck transporting over 7,000 toy guns of many types in Hoang Mai district, all of which were banned from being sold.

"There are many toys in the market nowadays. The management of the products' CR stamps, as a result, is difficult," Dung said.

He also added that the current fine of 10-15 million VND (480-720 USD) levied on violators, regardless the scale of their wrongdoing, was not strong enough to prevent them from selling smuggled toys.

He attributed this reason for the meagre collection of only 45 million VND (over 2,000 USD) from violators during the inspection period, even though 104 people were found to have broken the law.

"Decree 80, effective on September 15, will hopefully solve this shortcoming as it specifically refers to punishment levels basing on quantity and quality of goods which violate trade regulations," Dung said.-VNA