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Hanoi (VNA) – The National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Counterfeit Goods (National Steering Committee 389) has launched a peak-season anti-smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods campaign ahead of the upcoming lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Set to run from December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019, the campaign aims to intensify the instruction and inspection work by the National Steering Committee 389 as well as the Steering Committees 389 of ministries, sectors and localities on smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods prevention and control.

The steering committees of ministries, sectors and localities must follow directions of the Government, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the National Steering Committee 389, and urge relevant units to step up the fight against smuggling, commercial fraudd and counterfeit goods, especially during the lunar New Year festival, which will last from February 2-10.

The campaign focuses on hot spots for smuggling, commercial frauds and counterfeit goods, while intensifying inspections at border gates, seaports and airports.

Agencies and relevant units shall intensify patrols, inspections and controls to prevent the crimes.

The Ministry of Public Security should direct its units and police forces in localities to detect places where smuggled and counterfeit goods are gathered, and investigate and start legal proceedings in cases related to smuggling, trade frauds and counterfeit goods.

The National Steering Committee 389 asked the Ministry of National Defence to instruct the Border Guard High Command to monitor border areas and work with the customs force to patrol roads where violations are likely to occur.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Coast Guard was told to intensify patrols in Vietnamese waters, especially in the northeastern, central and southwestern regions.

The National Steering Committee 389 also urged the Ministry of Industry and Trade to work with the People’s Committees of centrally-run provinces and cities to monitor the supply and demand for goods to ensure enough commodities during the lunar New Year holiday.

The Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, and Science and Technology were requested to coordinate in product quarantine to ensure food safety and avoid harming public health, and intensify management over the quality and origin of pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, and functional food

The National Steering Committee 389 also called for information campaigns in newspapers, radio and mass media to facilitate the effectiveness of the fight against smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods.-VNA