Vietnamese police seize 14 more containers registered to suspected smugglers

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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Ho Chi Minh City police check cargo from a shipment that didn't match its posted invoice. The above container was one of 14 imported by two local firm directors who are currently  wanted for smuggling ten other containers into the country last December. PHOTO: DAM HUY

Ho Chi Minh City police are inspecting 14 containers registered to two individuals wanted for smuggling ten others last December.
An anonymous police source said they have checked seven of the 40-feet containers and found at least 1,000 products not listed on the official invoices. Most are from China and Thailand.
The containers entered Vict port in District 7 under the name Ho Sam Dung, 37, and Ho Thi Thu Sang, 25.
Ho Chi Minh City police had put out a warrant for Dung and Sang after they failed to respond to a summons regarding the smuggling of ten other containers under the same company name.
A police officer told Thanh Nien that it was “the boldest smuggling ring ever busted” in the southern metro
“They dared to send ten containers of contraband through customs at once,” the officer said.
Falsified customs forms described the aforementioned goods as legal and valued them at VND930 million in total.
A port official estimated their worth at closer to VND30 billion (more than US$1.4 million), VietNamNet reported in January.
The shipment contained 721 categories of products that had not been declared, including alcohol, cosmetics and chemicals.
The shipment also included a number of banned products, including used computer monitors and electronic firecrackers.
Dung established his company in late October and Sang in August.
A Police investigation suggests that the pair had stockpiled orders from local traders and combined them all into one big shipment.
The ten containers received a pass from customs officials at Vict port but were stopped at the gate by the city police and market managers acting on an anonymous tip.
Two customs officials were reassigned after police checks on two of the containers found that only 15 packages had been checked.
Customs rules require that at least 5 percent of a container (52 packages in this case) be checked before a shipment is waved through.

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