South Korean man detained for smuggling clothing into Vietnam

By Vo Thanh   March 8, 2024 | 06:55 pm PT
South Korean man detained for smuggling clothing into Vietnam
Kang Myung Gyu (C) at a police station in Thua Thien-Hue Province, March 8, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Van An
A South Korean man has been arrested on charges of smuggling 18,000 clothing items into Vietnam without the necessary customs declaration.

Kang Myung Gyu, 58, the director of Takson Hue Limited Liability Company based in Huong Thuy Town, Thua Thien-Hue Province, was detained by local police on Friday.

In connection with the case, two Vietnamese nationals, Vu Thi Nguyet, 36, and Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, have been prohibited from leaving their residences.

The police allege that Kang falsified customs declarations, claiming the imported goods were fabric materials and accessories for processing and subsequent exportation, under the import category code E21. This code indicates the import of raw materials and supplies for processing on behalf of foreign entities.

However, authorities assert that Kang, in collaboration with Nguyet, who served as an interpreter, and Hiep, engaged in smuggling these clothing items into the Vietnamese market for sale, bypassing the required customs declarations.

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