Over 11.7 million foreign cigarettes suspected of infringing intellectual property rights

VCN - A container of cigarettes suspected of infringing on intellectual property rights was detected and prevented by the Anti-Smuggling and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Team (Team 4) under the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (General Department of Customs) in coordination with Saigon port area 1 Customs Branch (HCMC Customs Department).
Proactively control counterfeit goods and infringing intellectual property rights Proactively control counterfeit goods and infringing intellectual property rights
Deputy Director General Nguyen Van Tho: Gathering force to fight against smuggling effectively Deputy Director General Nguyen Van Tho: Gathering force to fight against smuggling effectively
Hard to deal with fake motorcycles and spare parts Hard to deal with fake motorcycles and spare parts
Customs officers of Team 4 inspected the shipment of cigarettes suspected of infringing intellectual property rights on April 17, 2023
Customs officers of Team 4 inspected the shipment of cigarettes suspected of infringing intellectual property rights on April 17, 2023

On April 17, 2023, Team 4 presided over and coordinated with Saigon port area 1 Customs Branch to conduct a physical inspection for the shipment of cigarettes in container number: OOLU8155201 on the declaration 500389166620 dated March 18, 2023, and discovered 1,173 boxes of cigarettes, including 11,730,000 cigarettes of all kinds, brands of MARLBORO (red), MARLBORO Gold, ESSE and SEVEN suspected of infringing intellectual property rights.

This shipment is from KH (Cambodia), declared and transported by Hung Long Shipping Company Limited (tax code: 0315689802), address: 12th Floor, Hai Au Building, 39B Truong Son, Ward 4, Tan Binh District, City, Ho Chi Minh from Cambodia through Xa Mat border gate (Tay Ninh) to Cat Lai port (HCMC) for export to Shenzhen Peace & Glory mountain international trade co., ltd, Shenzhen, China. The exporter of this shipment is Chheang Lada Import Export co., ltd; Cambodia.

According to the customs declaration of Hung Long Shipping Co., Ltd., the number of cigarettes includes: MARLBORO RED 300 boxes, MARLBORO WHITE 220 boxes, SEVEN STARS 14 MR 200 boxes, ESSE EXPLODE THE BEADS 453 boxes, weighed 16422 KGM, HYS NUMBER: 721893097130, valued at US$129,030.

Cigarettes are taken out from the transit container for inspection
Cigarettes are taken out from the transit container for inspection

Through physical inspection, four types of cigarettes were detected, including: MARLBORO brand cigarettes (red): 300 boxes (type of 50 boxes/carton) containing 3,000,000 cigarettes; the contents on the boxes show that Marlboro, Made under authority of Philip Morris Brands Sàri, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Barcode on label: 7622100910107 (Swiss GS1 Barcode);

Cigarettes MARLBORO Gold brand: 220 boxes (type of 50 boxes/carton) including 2,200,000 cigarettes; the contents on the boxes show that Marlboro gold, Made under authority of Philip Morris Brands Sàri, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Barcode on label: 7622100913320 (Swiss GS1 Barcode);

ESSE brand: 453 boxes (type of 50 boxes/carton) including 4,530,000 cigarettes; the contents on the boxes show: ESSE CHANGE 4mg, KT&G MADE UNDER AUTHORTY OF KT&G, KOREA. Barcode on label: 8801116005581 (Korean GS1 Barcode);

And SEVEN brand: 200 boxes (type of 50 boxes/carton) including 2,000,000 cigarettes; the contents on the boxes show: SevenStars Charcoal Filter 14, 2023.06 K632S11 13017196, JT, Japanese text. Barcode: 4902210102009 (Japanese GS1 Barcode).

Mr. Bui Xuan Dieu, Acting leader of the Anti-Smuggling and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Team (Team 4) said at the time of the physical inspection of goods, the Hung Long Shipping Company Limited could not provide documents related to the authorization of import, export and transportation of the goods that are cigarettes of MARLBORO, SEVEN, ESSE brands of trademark owners (PHILIP MORRIS BRANDS SARL, ROTHMANS OF PALL MALL LIMITED, KT & G Corporation) who have been authorized in Vietnam.

What are notes about intellectual property rights protection in the new context? What are notes about intellectual property rights protection in the new context?

Currently, Team 4 has taken the above samples for industrial property assessment at the Institute of Industrial Property Science and sent a written notice to the trademark owners of MARLBORO, SEVEN and ESSE.

By Le Thu/ Huyen Trang

Related News

Businesses highly appreciate the Customs-Business partnership in Bac Ninh

Businesses highly appreciate the Customs-Business partnership in Bac Ninh

VCN - Bac Ninh Customs officers support businesses in solving problems that arise during the procedure process, thanks to that goods can be circulated quickly, meet customs clearance time, production progress, and well implement commitments with customers, deliver on time.
Drug-related crimes are having an unpredictable transformation

Drug-related crimes are having an unpredictable transformation

VCN - According to the assessment of the Command of Border Defence, the activities of drug-related crime are transforming their areas and methods of operation. If they "sniff" that the authorities have discovered a new hiding method, the subjects will immediately "transform" to another method in order to pass the control stage.
Ability to apply some forecasting models for Vietnam Customs

Ability to apply some forecasting models for Vietnam Customs

VCN - Forecasting is a science of predicting future events, based on the analysis of collected data, through a number of mathematical models (quantitative), or subjective predictions (qualitative). To serve operations and strategic planning, the Customs agency needs to apply forecasting science in the process of performing tasks.
Businesses highly appreciate support of Lang Son Customs

Businesses highly appreciate support of Lang Son Customs

VCN – The working group of the Customs Reform and Modernization Board (under the General Department of Vietnam Customs) held a workshop on survey and evaluation of actual implementation of the development of Customs-Business partnerships (2014-2024) at Lang Son Customs Department.

Latest News

Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

VCN – A suspect hiding 1,167.08 grams of gold worth more than VND2.1 billion upon entry was arrested by Customs Enforcement Team at Lao Bao International Border Gate, Quang Tri province.
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transport and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transportation and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

VCN - The ARCADIA campaign on preventing and combating crimes related to the forestry sector is a campaign launched by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) with the participation of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The purpose is to detect and prevent illegal logging and trading activities and other crimes related to the forestry sector.

More News

Hanoi Customs takes lead in drugs prevention

Hanoi Customs takes lead in drugs prevention

VCN - “Hanoi Customs Department has create their brand in the fight against drugs”, that was an affirmation of Deputy Director General of Vietnam Customs Hoang Viet Cuong at the conference on preliminarily review the work in the first half of 2024, task deployment in the last six month of 2024 held by Hanoi Customs on July 5th.
HCM City Customs warns on new method of drug trafficking

HCM City Customs warns on new method of drug trafficking

VCN - Through the work of information collection and analysis, the drugs enforcement unit grasped information about a foreign person who was trying to hook up other people in Vietnam to transport drug.
Hanoi Customs detects many sophisticated tricks of hiding drugs

Hanoi Customs detects many sophisticated tricks of hiding drugs

VCN - In the first half of 2024, Hanoi Customs Department has detected and seized 540 kg of drugs, including the largest seizure of drugs transported by air; and discovered sophisticated and complex tricks of illegal drug traffickers.
Tricks of hiding drugs are increasingly sophisticated

Tricks of hiding drugs are increasingly sophisticated

VCN - Methods of hiding drugs are constantly changed to outsmart detection of law enforcement agencies, especially the Customs force at the border gate.
Hanoi Customs discovered and seized 539kg of drugs in the first half of 2024

Hanoi Customs discovered and seized 539kg of drugs in the first half of 2024

VCN - Leaders of Hanoi Customs Department informed at the online conference to preliminarily review the work of the first 6 months of the year, directions and solutions to implement the tasks in the last 6 months of 2024 of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, held on the morning of July 3.
Hai Phong customs warns of new and sophisticated smuggling tricks

Hai Phong customs warns of new and sophisticated smuggling tricks

VCN - At the online conference summarizing the work of the first six months of the year, giving directions and solutions to implement tasks in the last six months of 2024 of the General Department of Customs (July 3), Deputy Director of Hai Phong Customs Department Nguyen Sy Trang shared about the fight against smuggling and illegal transportation of goods across the border in the area.
Vietnam faces challenges of drug-related crimes in “Golden Triangle” area

Vietnam faces challenges of drug-related crimes in “Golden Triangle” area

VCN – Drug-related crimes in the “Golden Triangle” area is still complicated and affect the drug-related crimes in Vietnam.
Quang Nam Customs seizes 48 kg of fireworks

Quang Nam Customs seizes 48 kg of fireworks

VCN – Quang Nam Customs Department has just seized 48 kg of fireworks inside a trailer at Chu Lai port.
Seizing the largest number of drugs ever transported via air

Seizing the largest number of drugs ever transported via air

VCN - The specialized project HP524 established by Hanoi Customs Department in coordination with PC04 – Hanoi Police City and North Hanoi Customs Branch has been closed. The competent force seized 179 kg of synthetic drugs MDMA that was the largest number of drugs ever transported via air.
Read More

Your care

Latest Most read
Drug-related crimes are having an unpredictable transformation

Drug-related crimes are having an unpredictable transformation

According to the assessment of the Command of Border Defence, the activities of drug-related crimes are transforming their areas and methods of operation.
Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

Lao Bao Customs arrests a suspect illegally transporting gold worth more than VND2.1 billion

VCN - Lao Bao Border Gate Customs Branch presided over and coordinated with Lao Bao International Border Gate Border Guard Station, Anti-Drug Enforcement Team, Quang Tri Customs Department, and the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department (General Depa
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transport and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transport and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

An Giang Customs: Preventing many cases of illegal currency transportation and tax fraud

VCN - Many cases of illegal cross-border currency transportation and tax fraud have been detected, prevented, and criminally prosecuted by An Giang Customs Department.
Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

Customs launches the Campaign on prevention crimes in forestry

The ARCADIA campaign on preventing and combating crimes related to the forestry sector is a campaign launched by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Mobile Version