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Fake products on ecommerce platforms raise concerns
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Fake products on ecommerce platforms raise concerns

The Saigon Times Daily

A consumer is seen visiting an e-commerce platform. The sale of counterfeit products over e-commerce platforms raises concerns - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC - The sale of counterfeit products over ecommerce platforms at much lower prices than genuine goods seems to be becoming more complicated, reported news website Vietnamplus, citing participants at a conference on the tasks required of the market surveillance force in the remaining months of the year, held in Hanoi on August 2.

Chu Xuan Kien, head of the Hanoi Market Surveillance Agency, said the sale of fake and low-quality products on ecommerce platforms will damage the confidence of consumers, and that most of the traders of counterfeit, smuggled and banned goods are students and graduates. They tend to store goods in different places, including their houses, making it difficult for the competent agencies to detect and address the violations.

In addition, most of the online sellers neither have specific outlets nor issue invoices, he noted.

An official of the Lang Son Market Surveillance Agency said that some online vendors have taken advantage of social networks, including Facebook, Zalo, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, to sell fake products bearing Vietnamese labels.

The online traders purchase the counterfeit goods and labels separately to deceive the competent agencies.

At the conference, Trinh Van Ngoc, general director of the Market Surveillance Agency, remarked that in the first half of the year, the agency had detected and addressed more than 52,000 cases of fake products, collecting a total fine of VND282.4 billion for the State budget.

The sale of smuggled, banned and fake products remains a complex issue, mainly in the border provinces, such as Long An, An Giang, Quang Tri, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Ninh and Lang Son, he added.

Some of the smuggled products are alcohol, beer, confectionery goods, sugar, fuel, tobacco, fabric, clothes, cosmetic products, food and electronic products.

As for hi-tech goods, smugglers often produce or outsource them abroad and supply them to the local market. Low-cost fake products are sometimes mixed with authentic ones, made in local industrial parks and traditional craft villages, and are then transported to remote areas for sale.

However, the lack of equipment and financial resources has hindered anti-smuggling activities, Ngoc said.

Therefore, he proposed the Ministry of Justice coordinate with the relevant ministries and agencies to promptly review the execution of the Law on Handling Administrative Violations and, if need be, amend the law to remove any shortcomings. He also suggested stricter inspections to prevent smuggled goods from entering Vietnam.

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai, the Market Surveillance Agency’s achievements have yet to satisfy the expectations of the Government and local consumers, as smuggled, fake and low-quality products and those with unclear origins continue to flood the domestic market.

Therefore, the agency needs to present solutions to better fulfill its duties, contributing to stabilizing the domestic market and protecting local products, Hai added.

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