Statistics reveal that in the first half of 2022, there were almost 54,200 cases of law violations related to smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting (a decrease of 25% compared to the same period last year). Functional agencies recovered VND 3,728 billion (US$159 million).
The deputy director of the police department in charge of corruption, smuggling and economic crimes, Vu Nhu Ha, said that smugglers are now using legal persons for their crimes, especially with goods whose prices fluctuate a lot like the fuel.
Smuggling activities are usually accompanied by money laundering, massive transfers of money across borders. The act of appropriating the tax refunds was detected recently, the amount amounting to 500 billion VND ($21.4 million).
There has been an increase in smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting of various commodities on popular social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Zalo, Tiktok.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh – currently chairman of the 389 steering committee – pointed out that towards the end of the year, there are more vacations, and therefore a strong possibility of an increase in such crimes. He therefore requested state agencies and units to combat the deteriorating morality of state officials and promptly update new methods and tricks of smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeiting to design measures to stop them.