VCN – Quang Nam Customs Department has issued a decision to prosecute a company for smuggling 88 tons of refined sugar in Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province, the department said.
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The infringing goods.
The leader of the Customs Enforcement Team under Quang Nam Customs Department said in mid-July 2021, the team detected suspicious signs of the shipment of 200 tons of refined Thai sugar in eight containers imported by H.T.P Import and Export Co., Ltd (in Ha Lam town, Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province) under declaration form 1041443589…/E31 dated July 12, 2021 and registered at Dien Nam-Dien Ngoc Industrial Park Customs Branch. Therefore, the team investigated and took measures to control this shipment.
At this time, Quang Nam province and Da Nang city restricted movement between the two localities to implement measures for Covid-19 pandemic prevention and control.
Therefore, the Customs Enforcement Team coordinated with the Central Region Anti-Smuggling Enforcement Unit under the Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department to take measures to closely control the transportation of the shipment from Da Nang Seaport to the company's production facility.
The competent forces discovered a vehicle transporting a container number TRHU12153 of 25 tons of refined sugar to a warehouse of T.T.H business household in Trang Nhat Industrial Park, Dien Ban Commune, Quang Nam Province.
The owner of the T.T.H business household said that 25 tons of refined sugar were bought from P.H.H Trading Co.,Ltd in Da Nang and issued an invoice by this company. The team worked with N.T.B.T, Director of the H.T.P Import and Export Co., Ltd. The director admitted that the company delivered these goods to the P.H.H Trading Co.,Ltd.
The team also detected that in addition to the above 25 tons of sugar, H.T.P Import and Export Co., Ltd transported 63 tons of sugar under the shipment of 200 tons of sugar to the P.H.H Trading Co.,Ltd. Thus, the H.T.P Import-Export Co., Ltd transferred a total quantity of 88 tons of sugar to P.H.H Trading Co.,Ltd.
The team has recognized the signs of illegally selling the imported raw materials for export production without a declaration of transferring the purpose of goods with a large volume. The team has investigated and verified the case.
Through investigation, the director of the H.T.P Import-Export Co., Ltd said that the company did not sell 88 tons of sugar and it only borrowed this shipment of 200 tons of sugar to pay debts to the P.H.H Trading Co.,Ltd and provided an addendum to this contract.
However, the customs team provided documents, evidence and testimony of the relevant suspects. The director admitted that the company sold 88 tons of sugar to the P.H.H Trading Co.,Ltd with the amount of VND1,540 billion, paid via the account of the company director at Vietinbank.
The results of the asset valuation council in the criminal proceedings of Quang Nam province determined that 88 tons of imported sugar were worth VND1,584 billion. The illegal sale of 88 tons of sugar by H.T.P Import-Export Co., Ltd showed signs of smuggling.
After working with the People's Procuracy of Quang Nam province, on December 24, 2021, the Director of the Quang Nam Customs Department issued a decision to criminally prosecute H.T.P Import-Export Co., Ltd for smuggling under Article 188 of the Criminal Code 2015, and transferred the case to the Quang Nam Provincial Police Investigation Agency for further investigation.
By Quang Thang/Ngoc Loan