Smuggling of Covid-19 test kits, endemic drugs on the market | Law
Market Management Team No. 2 (under Quang Ninh Province Market Management Department) has just cooperated with Traffic Police Team No. 3 (under Public Security Department of Quang Ninh Province) to inspect a 7-seat van with the license plate of 88A-400.08 on National Highway No. 18A.
They discovered 1,500 Covid-19 rapid test kits imported from China without valid documents. The driver of the van, Phung Gia Long from Kim Long commune in Vinh Phuc province, admitted that the kits were ordered online from an unknown source in Mong Cai town, Quang Ninh province. ). All the goods, worth 94 million VND (4,100 USD), have no invoice or legal documents.
The Market Management Department of Thai Nguyen Province said that since early March, it had detected and sanctioned 6 cases of smuggling of Covid-19-related products, including 87 medicine packs and 2,000 drug test kits. a total value of 130 million VND ($5,700).
A similar situation could be found in Hanoi. Recently, the No. 17 Market Management Team (under the Hanoi Market Management Department) collaborated with the Economic Police Division (under the Hanoi Public Security Department) to check a commercial premises at the address of 115 Trung Phung Street in Dong Da District.
The site, owned by Nguyen Thi Ngan Ha (born in 1992), was discovered to sell more than 3,000 products to treat Covid-19. All had no valid invoice or related legal documents, and no clear Vietnamese instructions. They were purchased from unknown online sources.
Chi Ma Border Gate Customs Division in Lang Son Province also detected unclaimed cargo during its patrol. The shipment includes 1,600 Covid-19 test kits from China.
Reports from Vietnam’s General Customs Department reveal that drug smuggling into Vietnam has worsened since the beginning of this year. Most notable are two cases of illegal transport of Covid-19 drugs (14,650 tablets of ‘Arbidol’ and ‘Areplivir’) to Vietnam from Russia. They were discovered by the customs division of Cam Ranh – Khanh Hoa International Airport.
The Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (under the General Department of Vietnam Customs) has just worked with the Hanoi Customs Department to capture a shipment of more than 85,000 Covid-19 rapid test kits from Republic of Korea, worth VND8 billion ($346,000) illegally transported to Vietnam via Noi Bai International Airport.
Due to the influx of Covid-19 patients in Vietnam lately, the demands for test kits and medicines have increased dramatically, resulting in various cases of smuggling of Covid-19-related medical products for profit. These pieces of merchandise have no clear origin or quality guarantee.
It is expected that in the future, this smuggling situation will be further complicated, especially in neighboring localities.