Smuggling is reported to be increasing between Vietnam and Cambodia along southern border routes, especially for petrol and cigarettes. Price differences in the two commodities between the neighboring countries have increased demand and made the illegal trade more lucrative.
During June, gasoline prices in Cambodia grew 70 percent higher than in Vietnam. For cigarettes, the price difference is smaller. A 10 pack carton of some brands in Vietnam are around VND10,000 (US$0.60) higher than in Cambodia.
Local authorities in Tay Ninh, Long An and Dong Thap provinces have enforced temporary measures to fight petrol smuggling including putting a limit on the amount of petrol stations can buy from petrol companies.They also banned stations from selling petrol directly into plastic containers.Some stations near the border, however, were ready to put petrol into cans – with a higher price than listed – any time the inspectors weren’t around.
The border guards of Tay Ninh Province, in cooperation with the provincial police, have seized nearly 10,000 liters of smuggled petrol during the first six months of this year.The authorities responsible for smuggling control are the market watchdog, economic police, border customs and border guards. Cooperation between the different agencies, however, remains difficult.
Source: Thanh Nien News
Published: 12 July, 2008 Fuel, cigarette smuggling rife in southern provinces, http://www.thanhniennews.com/features/?catid=10&newsid=40152