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Bid to smuggle gas cylinders worth Dh1m foiled in Ajman

Afkar Abdullah/principal Correspondent
Filed on June 2, 2015

The spurious gas cylinders of popular brands were seized by the inspectors after they arrived at the Ajman Port on Sunday morning from an Asian country.

Bid to smuggle gas cylinders worth Dh1m foiled in Ajman (/assets/oldimages/gas3105.jpg)

The seized gas cylinders. -Supplied photo

Ajman - Customs officers at the Ajman Port on Sunday foiled a smuggling bid of 13,000 fake gas cylinders worth Dh1 million.

The spurious gas cylinders of popular brands were seized by the inspectors after they arrived at the Ajman Port on Sunday morning from an Asian country.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ali Al Tamimi, Director of Customs Affairs at the port, said the cylinders belonged to a company owned by an Asian based in the country. The company tried to smuggle the cylinders into the UAE in different stages. They shipped it in 11 containers to reach the UAE within 10 days.

On seizing the fake cylinders, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers arrested the company owner, who confessed that the imported cylinders were fake. He also confessed that he tried to smuggle the cylinders into the country for selling them across the emirates, as apparently there is a shortage of cylinders here. He said he was planning to sell the cylinders at the price of the original cylinders in the country and it was the first time he had ever tried to smuggle goods into the country.

Al Tamimi said the trained customs inspectors at the port managed to identify the fake shipment and stopped it from entering into the country. “The substandard cylinders are very dangerous and could endanger the lives of people.”

He said smugglers targeted the UAE to use it as a market for promoting all kinds of fake goods to make big profit but the well-trained inspectors at the Ajman port do not allow them to achieve their goal. The authorities in the country do not tolerate these kind of illegal activities on the account of public health and safety, Al Tamimi added.

He said ports are the first entry point for any illegal goods, therefore, the customs officers at the port have a great role to play in preventing the entry of fake goods and saving the UAE from serious economic and health ramifications for its government, businesses and consumers.

Smugglers use different ways to smuggle goods into the UAE, but the customs inspectors here are trained well to detect such attempts.

The inspection operation to ensure the legality of the goods is very accurate. The goods are closely compared to their original counterparts, and if they do not match the specifications and are found to be fake, they are immediately confiscated and the authorities concerned are informed for legal action.

A top official at the Ajman Police said that there is always continuous cooperation with the port authorities.—afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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