Cig smuggling needs snuffing out

Custom officers in QuảngTrị central province examine smuggled goods. During the first half of this year, the province’s Board of Customs uncovered some 350 cases of smuggling with a total value of VND455 billion (US$20.5 million). — VNA/VNS Photo TrầnTĩnh

HCM CITY —The scale of tobacco smuggling has fallen but the situation remains complicated, especially in ‘smuggling hubs’ like the Southern cities and provinces of HCM City, Long An, TâyNinh, An Giang, and the northern provinces of HảiPhòng, QuảngNinh, TháiBình, a conference on combating smuggling has heard.Speaking at the conference held in HCM City on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister TrươngHòaBình asked local authorities of such provinces to intensify and mobilise all forces to crack down on cigarette smuggling.