No escape from smuggled, fake goods

In a video conference held in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City to review smuggling and commercial fraud last year, the Department of Market Management (DMM) reported a surge of 1,061 smuggling cases over the 103,746 cases recorded in 2015.

Fines collected in 2016 reached VND548.9 billion (US$24.4 million), some VND89.1 billion higher than the previous year, the DMM reported.

These numbers, however, do not mean that greater control has been exerted over the smuggling and manufacture of counterfeit goods and goods infringing intellectual property rights.

Rather, such activity has accelerated and become harder to contain as they were camouflaged under international famous brand names, the meeting heard.