Duplicate Mercedes auto parts seized in Ras Al Khaimah
One of the duplicate Mercedes wheels seized
Ras Al Khaimah - The department, having received a complaint from the owner of the brand, launched a surprise inspection, and seized the duplicated items found, according to Faisal Alyoon, head of commercial control section, DED.
The Department of Economic Development (DED) in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, as part of a surprise inspection campaign, has confiscated 54 counterfeit auto parts holding the Mercedes trademark.
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The department, having received a complaint from the owner of the brand, launched a surprise inspection, and seized the duplicated items found, according to Faisal Alyoon, head of commercial control section, DED.
"The Department Economic Development spares no effort in curbing the supply of fake and duplicate products, protect the intellectual property rights and fight commercial fraud."
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In his complaint to the department, the representative of the Mercedes-Benz said some institutions were involved in selling duplicated wheels holding Mercedes brand, he added.
"The staff inspectors of the control and commercial protection section, who are well trained to competently differentiate between the original and fake products, raided the said shops and seized all the fake wheels."
The erring outlets have been issued warning letters, Alyoon stated. "Failing to observe the set rules and getting involved in selling duplicate produces again will draw a hefty fine and even call for a closure of the erring shops."
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Warning, he said all the institutions involved in selling or promoting counterfeit products will be stringently dealt with. "It is our responsibility to ensure a safe business environment in Ras Al Khaimah."
The Department had, meanwhile, studied 50 complaints received till the end of October this year, he disclosed. "Up to 62 per cent of these, spanning cancellation and reduction of fines, were accepted, while 28 per cent others were turned down."
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The department has set up a special committee for examining all complaints to protect customers' rights, he underlined. "We are following a transparent strategy to boost and encourage the business sector in the emirate."