Steering committee on smuggling prevention sets out tasks hinh anh 1At the event (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Steering Committee for Anti-smuggling, Counterfeit Goods and Trade Fraud (National Steering Committee 389) convened a meeting in Hanoi on October 14 to review its activities in the third quarter and set out tasks for the fourth quarter.

Speaking at the event, Chief of the Standing Office of the committee Le Thanh Hai said in the past nine months, prices of goods were basically stable. Online sales and express delivery and postal services were mostly chosen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smuggling, counterfeits and trade frauds remained complicated in several key areas, especially in the production of medical supplies and equipment for the fight against the pandemic. As of the end of September, competent agencies nationwide authorities discovered over 100,000 violation cases, seized over 7.5 trillion VND for the State budget, and launched criminal proceedings against 2,148 persons in 1,615 cases.

In his conclusion, permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh acknowledged achievements in the fight against smuggling, trade frauds and counterfeits in the past nine months.

He pointed out loose management in localities as a serious issue that needs to be fixed in the near future.

Steering committee on smuggling prevention sets out tasks hinh anh 2Smuggled goods are confiscated in Lang Son (Photo: VNA) 

Minh suggested agencies and units seriously follow the Politburo’s decrees, resolutions and conclusions, including upholding responsibility of leaders for the discovery and strict punishment of violations.

Between now and the year’s end, authorities must enhance inspection to promptly deal with smuggling and trade frauds, especially those related to people's health like medical supplies, as well as stockpile goods to prepare for the Lunar New Year, he said./.