Thousands of smuggled toys seized in Hanoi

HA NOI - The Ha Noi Market Watch team today seized thousands of toys which were illegally imported from China.

The team seized the toys, which included 25,200 water guns and 13,200 plastic nail blisters, when searching a truck that was on its way to Ha Noi.

The driver, named Nguyen Van Xuyen, a resident of the coastal province of Quang Ninh, could not produce legal certifications for the toys. Aware of his violation, Xuyen did not co-operate with authorities and fled from the area, leaving behind the truck and toys.

"All of the toys did not have the conformity regulation stamp (CR) or any legal certification of the products' places of origin," said Doan Duc Hiep, from the Ha Noi Market Watch.

"Through media, we are searching for the owner of the toys and the owner of the truck," a representative of the Market Watch team told Vietnamplus online newspaper.

As regulated, after one year, if the car owner and the goods owner do not come forward, the truck will be seized and the toys will the destroyed.

Since the Mid-Autumn Festival - the children's festival - is approaching next month, authorities are tightening control on those markets expecting to see increasing demand during the holiday.