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Saturday,  04/04/2020

Border guards exert efforts to prevent cross-border smuggling

(LSO) – The Border Guard Command of Lang Son province is tasked with managing and safeguarding over 231km of the national boundary on which there are international, national and auxiliary border gates. Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, it has sent more personnel to guard the border around the clock since the year’s beginning so as to prevent illegal exit and entry and fight smuggling.

Border guards have increased communication activities to discourage locals from illegal exit and entry or abetting smugglers. They have also coordinated with relevant forces to strictly manage exports, imports and vehicles passing border gates, and fought against trade fraud.

Officers and soldiers of the Binh Nghi border guard post seize medical face masks smuggled across the border.

In 2019 and so far this year, border guard units of Lang Son have uncovered more than 100 smuggling cases involving household appliance worth about 2.5 billion VND (105.500 USD), 20 cases of poultry and livestock product smuggling worth over 450 million USD, and 17 others involving nearly 900kg of traditional medicinal materials worth some 60 million VND.

The border guard post at the Huu Nghi International Border Gate is managing nearly 4km of borderline and is responsible for Dong Dang township of Cao Loc district, where many border residents still take advantage of mountainous terrain to transport smuggled goods at night. Besides, some companies in Dong Dang have shown signs of colluding with smugglers to legalise smuggled goods and distribute them in the domestic market. In 2019, the border guard post discovered 18 smuggling cases, seizing abandoned goods worth about 400 million VND.

Lt. Col. Vi Van Can, political commissar at the Huu Nghi border guard post, said since the beginning of 2020, his unit has set up 12 checkpoints to prevent illegal exit and entry, COVID-19 and cross-border smuggling. It has also worked with other forces to crack down on five smuggling cases involving goods worth some 120 million VND. In one of those cases, 12,500 medical face masks worth 63 million VND were caught being transported illegally to the other side of the border.

Officers and soldiers of the Tan Thanh border guard post seize medical face masks smuggled across the border.

In 2019 and so far this year, border guard units of Lang Son have uncovered more than 100 smuggling cases involving household appliance worth about 2.5 billion VND (105.500 USD), 20 cases of poultry and livestock product smuggling worth over 450 million USD, and 17 others involving nearly 900kg of traditional medicinal materials worth some 60 million VND.

The border guard post at the Huu Nghi International Border Gate is managing nearly 4km of borderline and is responsible for Dong Dang township of Cao Loc district, where many border residents still take advantage of mountainous terrain to transport smuggled goods at night. Besides, some companies in Dong Dang have shown signs of colluding with smugglers to legalise smuggled goods and distribute them in the domestic market. In 2019, the border guard post discovered 18 smuggling cases, seizing abandoned goods worth about 400 million VND.

Lt. Col. Vi Van Can, political commissar at the Huu Nghi border guard post, said since the beginning of 2020, his unit has set up 12 checkpoints to prevent illegal exit and entry, COVID-19 and cross-border smuggling. It has also worked with other forces to crack down on five smuggling cases involving goods worth some 120 million VND. In one of those cases, 12,500 medical face masks worth 63 million VND were caught being transported illegally to the other side of the border.2222

Meanwhile, the Tan Thanh border guard post is in charge of more than 13km of borderline, along with Tan Thanh and Tan My communes, where there are high risks of illegal exit and entry and smuggling. The large area with complex terrain and many border crossings has caused difficulties for the border guards.

Captain Hoang Anh Dung, deputy commissar at the Tan Thanh border guard post, said they have established 24 checkpoints along the border to combat crimes. So far this year, they have found six medical equipment smuggling cases, seizing 157,000 medical face masks and 14,000 pairs of medical gloves with the total value of 460 million VND. The force has also uncovered seven other cases in which goods worth about 320 million VND were abandoned.

In the time ahead, the Border Guard Command of Lang Son province will push ahead with fulfilling border defence tasks, request its officers and soldiers to stay alert and have a good grasp of the local situation, actively prevent illegal exit and entry, and effectively fight against crimes, thereby helping to maintain political security and social order and safety in border areas.

DINH QUANG