Contraband cigarettes seized in Hai Phong port hinh anh 1Illustrative Image (Source :VNA)
Hai Phong (VNA) – Customs officers in northern Hai Phong City inspected a contraband batch of 39,200 JM White cigarette packages on March 29.

The contraband weighing nearly 11 kg reached the Hai Phong port on a freighter named Lucky Merry on March 17.

Associated receipts and documents identified the sender as a foreign company and the transport agency as the Hanoi-based Minh Anh Express Co. Ltd. No information on the receiver was included.

To distract attention from Vietnam’s customs body, the box was transported on a complicated route through different ports from Asia to Australia before finally entering Vietnam.

Cigarettes are a special type of good that is tightly monitored in Vietnam. The import of cigarettes must comply with a range of conditions and needs permission from the Ministry of Industry and Trade.-VNA