Vietnamese customs officials seized more than 100-tons of of Chinese goods from eight southbound trucks last weekend.
Nguyen Phi Hung, head of the Smuggling Investigation Department at Vietnam Customs, said the shipments had an estimated value of around VND10 billion (US$472,000) and were seized on Sunday (August 31) night.
The trucks reportedly contained hundreds of Chinese products including fake automotive license plates, toy guns, electronics, electric bicycles, car accessories, food additives, eggs, cosmetics, cloth and clothes.
Hung said his unit was tipped off that the smugglers planned to make use of loose management during the National Day (September 2) holiday weekend.
He said several groups of smugglers pooled their cargo at Dong Dang border gate in Lang Son Province and Mong Cai in Quang Ninh, before transporting them to Bac Ninh and Hung Yen Province.
The shipments were meant for southern customers.
Hung’s unit cooperated with the Ministry of Public Security, Hung Yen police and market managers to deploy 50 officers to ambush the trucks.
They stopped four trucks outside Lang Son and another four outside Quang Ninh.
The drivers could not produce any papers for their cargo.
Smuggling has continued across the Chinese border despite loud protests from Vietnamese leaders.
Officials at anti-smuggling meetings claimed corrupt or simply irresponsible officials had made the problem worse. Names were rarely mentioned.