Chinese dealers fined for buying Vietnam's seafood illegally

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Two Chinese dealers have been fined in central Vietnam for buying local seafood without permits.

Lin Da Qiang and Zheng QuanXing were the first Chinese dealers to receive such punishment in the coastal Khanh Hoa Province, the Saigon Tiep Thi reported on January 4.

Pham Van Huu, deputy chief market manager of the province, said the Vietnam government does not ban foreign dealers from buying local seafood, but they need to have a license.

"The two dealers were doing the business illegally, thus they created an unfair competition with domestic businesses, as they were spared from taxes and quality inspection," Huu said.

Lin and Zheng were fined VND25 million (US$1,190) each around two weeks ago, but they have not yet paid the money.

The men are in Vietnam on tourist visas.

At least seven Chinese dealers are buying local seafood without permits in Nha Trang, the capital city of Khanh Hoa, Huu said.

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