Market management forces in southern localities handled 11,330 cases of smuggling and trade fraud in the first six months of this year, heard a conference in Binh Duong province on June 26.

Reports presented at the conference show that smuggling, fake goods trade and trade fraud in the region was very complicated, with various forms. The smuggling of commodities, particularly tobacco and refined sugar was on the rise, especially in border areas.

Market management forces of An Giang and Tay Ninh provinces seized nearly 40 tonnes of sugar smuggled from Cambodia in the period.

Participants discussed and set forth plans to further their cooperation in the remaining months of the year, focusing on intensifying checks and inspections to prevent and detect smuggling in border areas.-VNA