Chairpersons of provincial People’s Committees will now take responsibility if tobacco smuggling is discovered in their localities.
Such is provided in the Prime Minister’s Directive No. 30/CT-TTg of September 30, urging related ministries and agencies to step up efforts in the fight against tobacco smuggling.
Customs inspection of tobacco in An Giang province__Photo: VNA
Accordingly, the Ministry of National Defence is asked to instruct border guard and marine police forces to increase patrols to detect tobacco smugglers, while the Ministry of Finance is responsible for directing the customs service to closely control the transportation of smuggled tobacco through border gates. Economic police, traffic police and investigation agencies are assigned to cooperate closely to crack down tobacco smuggling rings.
Under the Directive, the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s market management force is required to improve the management of the domestic market and inspect tobacco retail and wholesale outlets to detect violations promptly. The Ministry of Information and Communications is asked to raise public awareness about harmful health effects of smoking. The Vietnam Tobacco Association is requested to produce tobacco products catering to the taste of consumers in each region to meet domestic and export demands.
The National Steering Committee 389, which was set up to prevent and control smuggling, trade fraud and fake commodities, is required to report to the Prime Minister on tobacco smuggling every three months.
Tobacco smuggling has grown rampant throughout Vietnam, particularly in Quang Tri, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Thap, HCM City, Da Nang, Hanoi and Hai Phong, due to poor management as well as the fact that smuggling has become increasingly lucrative.-