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Customs Department Backs Malaria Elimination Plan with Zero Tolerance for Counterfeits

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Em Khin Vorac, Deputy Director General, Department of Customs and Excise of the Government of Cambodia, speaks to CONTAINMENT’s Moeun Chhean Nariddh in Phnom Penh.

Em Khin Vorac, Deputy Director General, Department of Customs and Excise. PIX by WHO/Sonny Krishnan

How is the General Department of Customs and Excise involved in the fight against counterfeit products and medicines?

With support from the Mekong Priority Solidarity Fund Project, coordinated by the French Embassy, we are active partners with other project members including the Ministry of Interior. We have had a number of meetings and workshops on the joint crackdown on counterfeit products and medicines. Our Customs officers are now positioned at different checkpoints along the land borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Most of the counterfeits, originating from neighbouring countries, seem to be getting through these checkpoints and for this reason we have increased the number of Customs personnel at these border crossings.

Our Customs officers remain vigilant. Some of these counterfeit medicines are smuggled through in small quantities in people’s handbags. Sometimes, they conceal them with lawful goods. For example, they might conceal about ten small cantons (of counterfeit medicines) with sacks of cement, piles of iron, boxes of cakes and sweets and other items where Customs duties have been paid. Under such circumstances it can get difficult to check all items coming into the country through these land borders.

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Written by malariacontainment

June 29, 2011 at 11:21 am