Phan Hoan Kiem, director of Ho Chi Minh City’s market surveillance department, said the city will keep a close watch on smuggled goods in the run-up period to the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

The market surveillance force will intensify checks of major transport routes especially the national roads No 1 and No. 22, inter-provincial roads passing districts Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh, and 12 as well as water ways from Long An and Tay Ninh to the city, which are usually used for transporting smuggled tobacco, alcohol and milk.

Also on the list of places under tight surveillance are commodity storage and transit facilities to detect illegal goods.

In 2014, the department conducted 18,740 inspections and detected 12,130 cases of law violations, up 3,380 cases or 22.2 percent from the previous year.

Over 630,000 tobacco packs, 400 motorbikes and nine cars used for transporting smuggled goods were confiscated.

The department also checked 1,400 enterprises and seized 2,070 batches of goods ranging from clothing to food.-VNA