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Cheating gas firms leave industry fuming


28 Jul 2011

The Viet Nam Gas Association has urged HCM City authorities to throw the book at retail cooking-gas suppliers who counterfeit brand names and cheat customers on quantity.

Cheating gas firms leave industry fuming 

The Viet Nam Gas Association has urged HCM City authorities to throw the book at retail cooking-gas suppliers who counterfeit brand names and cheat customers on quantity.

The city Market Watch on May 23 seized four trucks carrying 103 gas cylinders with Saigon Petro, Elf and Petrolimex brand names but without any proof of origin. They were found to belong to Mien Dong Co Ltd based in the Central Highlands Province of Lam Dong.

Earlier, in February, the police found nearly 2,000 cylinders at a storage depot belonging to Dong Phuong Trading Company in the city's Hoc Mon District.

They said all of them carried counterfeit names and did not have the full quantity of gas. 

If a 12-kilogramme cylinder is a kilogramme underweight, consumers are cheated out of VND30,000. 

The Viet Nam Gas Association said both Mien Dong and Dong Phuong had been operating without licences for a long time, while their use of others' brand names was a violation of trademark.

After receiving the letter from the association last week, city People's Committee vice chairwoman Nguyen Thi Hong ordered the Market Watch to monitor the case and report back at the earliest.

About 30 per cent of gas cylinders sold in the city were fake since oversight was lax and consumers lacked awareness, the association said. 

Source: VNS