Top officials urge tougher crackdown on counterfeit goods

09:24 | 12/01/2018 Society

(VEN) - Counterfeit goods still flood the market although authorities have launched many anti-counterfeiting programs over the past decade, according to Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh.

top officials urge tougher crackdown on counterfeit goods

Speaking at the 10th annual Vietnam Anti-counterfeit Goods Day in Ho Chi Minh City on November 27, Binh said cracking down on brand knock offs counterfeit goods is an important task for enhancing the competitiveness of the Vietnamese economy.

“Market management agencies need to control both the traditional and e-commerce channels, while strengthening the inspection of goods crossing borders in order to prevent the import of counterfeit goods,” the deputy prime minister said. Border forces should carefully check the origin and labels of goods, ensuring that counterfeit goods are detected before they are imported into the country.

Counterfeit goods are a major source of concern for manufacturers, too, affecting the lives and health of consumers.

Speaking at the event, Nguyen Thanh Hai, deputy general director of the Binh Minh Plastics JSC, said the company faces difficulties in protecting its brand and products due to the ineffective control of intellectual property infringements and counterfeit goods. “The flood of counterfeit goods has affected the reputation of enterprises and health of the customers,” Hai said.

Takimoto Koji, chief representative in Vietnam of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), said many Japanese products had been counterfeited in Vietnam, affecting the production and reputation of Japanese manufacturers. Particularly, about 4,700 items imitating Honda products have been detected.

Nguyen Van Bach, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Market Surveillance Department, said counterfeit goods are produced at home and abroad and are sold in many commercial centers. Production rings of counterfeit goods are well organized, posing challenges and difficulties for law enforcement and management agencies.

Chief of the Anti Counterfeiting Fund Ho Quang Thai said counterfeit goods originating from China are labeled made-in-Vietnam and sold at high prices. Some businesses have imported Chinese goods and replaced the tags to deceive consumers, he added.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung said management agencies need to change their methods and focus on maximizing resources to fight the proliferation of counterfeit goods.

He also suggested businesses and associations, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, be made aware of their important role in the fight against counterfeit goods and increase their responsibility and cooperation with state agencies in detecting counterfeit goods and handling trade fraud.

Nguyen Phuong & The Vinh