Poultry Smuggling on the Rise in Vietnamese Mountains

VIET NAM - Illegal transport and smuggling of poultry birds have been rising in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son, Nguyen Trong Nghia, head of the province's Market Control Department, has said.
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The smuggled poultry mainly included chickens, ducks, swans and geese, reported Viet Nam News.

Such smuggling has been happening due a shortage of poultry supply in the domestic market as demand surged towards the end of the year, the official said.

According to the anti-smuggling forces of Lang Son, smugglers tend to intensify their activity at midnight and on rainy days.

They transport illegal poultry birds via small trails from China to Lang Son province on motorbikes. Later, the poultry is distributed to inner areas of the country for sale.

To address the worsening situation, anti-smuggling forces of Lang Son have begun actively inspecting and investigating the issue.

Over the last seven months, the anti-smuggling forces of Lang Son have detected and seized 37,520 poultry birds, 4,060 kg of poultry products, a fall of 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.

This was the result of relevant agencies' intensified efforts in the fight against smuggling, the Steering Committee Against Smuggling, Fake Goods and Trade Fraud said.

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