Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung has ordered leaders of Vietnam Railways to strictly investigate the involvement of its officials in a smuggling case which was busted in Hanoi Thursday (January 6).
Anyone found joining hands with smugglers should be strictly punished, Nguyen Van Cong, chief of the transport ministry's office, quoted Dung as saying after the capital's police raided a train coming in from the northern province of Lang Son and confiscated some 20 tons of allegedly smuggled goods.
The goods, including clothes, footwear and cosmetics, were valued at over VND12 billion (US$615,542), according to police.
During their raid, the goods' owners and porters resisted police and got away with part of the goods, the police had said.
Meanwhile, in its latest report, Ha Lang Railway Transport Company, which manages DD4 train in question, said the 20.4 tons of goods had its legality checked by related agencies like tax agencies, police, and border guards before the railway agency charged transportation fees.
In an interview with Tien Phong, Nguyen Tat Thuong, director of the factory, said they only have authority to check if cargo transportation fees had been paid. Their inspection showed that all the fees had been paid fully, he said.