By Staff writer
Eyewear, mobile phones and computer accessories among list of intercepted goods
Authorities in Dubai seized more than AED1 billion ($27 million) of fake goods last year, it has been reported.
The Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) team in the Department of Economic Development (DED) confiscated 63 million counterfeit items over the course of 2015, said Emirates247, representing an increase from 37 million items worth AED188 million the previous year.
The CCCP has ramped up efforts to clamp down on intellectual property (IP) abuse in recent months, to protect Dubai’s reputation as a competitive and transparent trading hub.
According to the report, eyewear topped the list of confiscated goods by value with around AED171 million of fake glasses seized last year, followed by accessories, which were worth AED139 million, and phones, which were worth AED132 million.
Meanwhile, fake computer accessories accounted for the largest number of pieces confiscated – authorities seized a total of 22 million different items – followed by 14 million pieces of accessories and 10 million cosmetics items.
Mohammed Rashed Ali Lootah, executive director of CCCP, was quoted as saying: “The Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection sector keeps a close watch on any rapid change in the supply situation in the market and tracks wholesalers and suppliers to trace the origin of counterfeit products.
“Our field inspectors maintain round-the-clock vigil and some of the raids were conducted in the early hours of the day or late night to catch them by surprise.
“For example, CCCP has signed agreements with owners of leading international brands to share information on the sources of counterfeit goods and maintain cross-border co-operation to track their country of origin.”
The latest Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 by the World Economic Forum last autumn ranked the UAE 22nd globally in terms of intellectual property rights protection; the DED is working to improve the ranking.