HCMC – More than 1,000 sacks of rice imported from India without Vietnamese labeling have been seized by authorities in Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta.
The confiscated shipment, weighing 52 tons and valued at VND624 million, was imported by a rice trading establishment located in Ba Tri District.
Upon inspection, market surveillance officials found violations in the business operations of the establishment.
The inspection team has recorded the violation and temporarily seized the rice for further investigation. This is the largest quantity of rice seized by authorities since 2022, with a similar seizure of 30 tons of suspected smuggled rice from India taking place last year.
The situation regarding imported rice has become increasingly complex, significantly impacting the domestic rice market, according to the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance.
To address this issue, the authority is directing market management departments in provinces to strengthen inspections and controls, aiming to detect and strictly penalize smuggling and commercial fraud in the rice sector.