Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 23 asked relevant agencies to translate determination into tougher actions in fighting smuggling and trade frauds.

He assigned the Ministry of Public Security to promptly set up an anti-smuggling department to aid the work, which is also intended to deal with the cover of smuggling, trade fraud, and counterfeit production by the insiders.

Several serious cases of smuggling, trade fraud, and counterfeit production were left uncovered in recent time, he noted, asking authorised forces in border and inland areas to hold responsible.

Phuc, who is head of the National Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Counterfeit Goods, pointed out that unaddressed smuggling, trade fraud and fake goods cause bad impacts on the economy as well as socio-economic development management.

He stressed the need for the involvement of the entire political system, ministries, sectors and localities in prevention work.

He also asked the steering committee to intensify communications to raise public awareness of smuggling, trade fraud and fake goods prevention and control.

In the first quarter of 2015, authorised forces detected nearly 50,000 violated cases, retrieving around 3 trillion VND in tax.

They also started legal proceeds against over 430 violators involved in 351 cases.-VNA