Counterfeit goods worth over Dh14m seized

DUBAI — The ongoing effort of Dubai government to eliminate counterfeit goods from the market continues to score a hit as counterfeits goods worth millions of Dirhams have already been seized.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 20 Jul 2006, 10:33 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:14 PM

Dubai Customs has seized counterfeit goods worth over Dh14 million during the past five months, while the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DDED) has cracked down on attempts to sell counterfeit goods in shops.

According to the statistics compiled by the Intellectual Property Rights Department and Intervention Department of Dubai Customs, counterfeit goods seized by Customs officials last month alone were worth over Dh7 million.

The statistics also revealed that between February and June this year, eight major centres of Dubai Customs collectively seized a total of 2,212,147 cartons containing counterfeit goods. The bulk of these were intercepted at the Customs centres at Jebel Ali Port and Dubai International Airport.

CDs and automobile spare parts comprised the bulk of the counterfeit goods seized, followed by electronic items, watches, clothing and footwear, eye glasses, cosmetics, cigarettes, brand stickers, and medicines. The bulk of the counterfeit imports came from the Far East, followed by Central Asia and Africa.

"Dubai Customs is committed to protecting Intellectual Property Rights and its inspectors are on constant vigil against any attempt to smuggle counterfeit goods into the country. Recognising the negative impact of fake goods on various industries and on the national economy, the Dubai Customs management has been providing specialised training to its inspectors on how to distinguish between bona fide and counterfeit goods," according to a statement issued by the Customs department.

In February and June this year, Dubai Customs imposed a total of 176 fines for various IPR violations. The Jebel Ali Port imposed 65 of these fines while the Dubai International Airport issued 62. The Cargo Village issued 28 fines, followed by the Port Rashid, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Creek and the Postal Department at 11, 8, 6 and 1 fine respectively," the statement said.

The Dubai Department of Economic Development, it may be recalled, recently announced plans to increase the penalties for convicted counterfeit traders in a bid to stop traders from selling counterfeit products.

"DDED is working proactively to counter the counterfeit products. Dubai as a region's key hub, bears an added responsibility for monitoring traders and ensuring fake goods are denied an open route to market," said Mohammed Hilal Al Muroushdi, Director of DED's compliance division, while announcing the increase in the penalties recently.

"We are increasing the frequency of random inspections in order to snare traders of fake products. We never allow anybody to deal with fake products and we are working together with other departments to control the trading of fake goods," he added.

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