Sugar contraband illicitly brought into Vietnam from Thailand is increasing, adding an additional burden to the country’s struggling sugarcane enterprises:
WRITTEN BY GOVI SNELL
MAY 24, 2022
On any given day, smugglers pile bags of sugar near the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia.
After piling it into boats, they then ferry the sweetener into Vietnam’s southwestern provinces, awaited by motorbike drivers who evade custom officials to drop off the commodity at storehouses.
In other cases, smuggling outfits mix the illicit sweetener with sugar produced in Vietnam, or change labels to prevent detection of the bootlegged good. Smugglers have also been known to send Vietnamese packaging to Cambodia to disguise sugar before the contraband is taken across the border.
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