HCM City Counteracts Origin Fraud amid Covid-19 Pandemic Prevention

9:57:19 AM | 21/8/2020

The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Prevention of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Counterfeiting (Steering Committee 389 of HCM City) issued a plan to fight origin fraud in Ho Chi Minh City in 2020, especially when the whole country is struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, Steering Committee 389 of HCM City required competent agencies and forces to intensify inspection and control and strictly punish entities taking advantage of the pandemic to stockpile and hoard goods, raise selling prices, make knockoffs or goods of unknown origin.

They need to grasp the situation, concentrate forces, means and measures to prevent smuggling, trade fraudulence and counterfeiting, with a particular focus on medical equipment, supplies and services in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in particular; and strictly handle violations of speculation, hoarding, pricing, quality, origin and counterfeiting.

Steering Committee 389 of HCM City will work intensively to control, fight and prevent avoidance of trade remedies, fraudulence, origin counterfeiting and infringement of intellectual property.

The committee will launch communication activities to disseminate the fight against evasion of trade remedies, fraudulence, origin counterfeiting, infringement of intellectual property. It will also improve the capacity of anti-smuggling forces in the city.

Besides, it will strengthen inspections and supervisions to unearth and promptly prevent fraud, origin counterfeiting, and intellectual property infringement. In particular, it will step up probes into trading facilities with signs of potential origin counterfeiting and intellectual property infringement in order to prevent, detect and promptly handle violators.

With the above contents and measures, the Steering Committee 389 of HCM City required relevant agencies to assign an important task to control and fight evasion of trade remedies, fraudulence, origin counterfeiting, intellectual property infringement.

This work must be absolutely compliant with the law and facilitate trading activity and cannot obstruct normal, lawful production and business activity.

By Huong Hau, Vietnam Business Forum