VN sizes up massive smuggling caseload

Vietnamese authorities discovered and solved hundreds of thousands cases of smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeiting in 2016, the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities reported at an online conference on Thursday.

They handled 211,559 cases of violations last year, up 2.5 per cent from 2015, said the committee-also known as the 389 Committee.

Total administrative fines, which were submitted to the State budget, reached over VNÄ18 trillion (US$800 million), up nearly 33.6 per cent over 2015.

Relevant authorities prosecuted 1,560 cases and 1,863 people involved.

Hà Ná»i alone busted more than 23,000 cases, with total administrative fines reaching VNÄ9.6 billion ($426,000). In the first two months of this year, the municipal authorities inspected and discovered more than 4,900 cases of smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit commodities.