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VCN - A container containing antiques and prohibited goods imported from France was detected by the Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch under HCM City Customs Department.
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On January 5, 2023, the Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch said that under the inspection results, 34 items in containers imported from France to the Saigon port area 4 border gate are antiques.
According to the import customs declaration, the above shipment was named BMMN Co., Ltd (HCMC). Through controlling the area, the online supervision unit of the General Department of Customs and the Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch detected suspicious signs, so they were put under special monitoring and supervision.
After the goods had been at the port for more than 90 days, the company made the customs declaration. According to the declaration, the imported goods are wooden furniture, 100% new, imported from France.
Upon physical inspection of the shipment, the Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch discovered that all the goods were not furniture as declared, but decorations, including ceramics, and furniture, suspected of antiquities.
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To clarify this shipment, the Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch invited an inspection agency to the scene to inspect the goods. The inspection results show that, out of 163 items, 34 are antiques over 100 years old, dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. These artefacts originate from China, Japan and Vietnam.
The remaining goods are made of rosewood in Group 1, on the list of goods banned from import and export.
This illegal import of antiques in large quantities was detected by the Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch at the border gate.
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The Saigon port area 4 Customs Branch is working with relevant agencies to determine the price of the above goods to make a record and handle the case following the law.
By Le Thu/ Huyen Trang