By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development says products confiscated from store are worth $4m
More than 500,000 fake auto spare parts, with a market value of AED15 million ($4 million), have been confiscated from a store in Al Ain.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) described it as a major success against trading in fake and counterfeit items, saying it is the biggest confiscation across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, news agency WAM reported.
ADDED chairman Ali Majed Al Mansouri said that commercial fraud is now a subject of global concern, adding that the department will continue to combat it by intensifying inspection and field visits.
Mohamed Munif Al Mansouri, acting executive director of ADDED’s Abu Dhabi Business Centre, added that the seizure of auto spare parts in one of the biggest warehouses in Al Ain city came following an extensive investigation in co-ordination with trademark owners.
"The warehouse and the establishment from where fake spare parts were confiscated sell and distribute spare parts and they will face closure as per Law No. 2 of 2009 on the establishment of ADDED, which also mandates destroying confiscated items," he said in comments published by WAM.
He called on the public to be extremely careful when buying auto spare parts, urging people to report any case of counterfeit spare parts being put on sale. People can report any such case by calling the toll free number 800555.
The only reliable way to end the fakes market is by serializing the original goods and offer the possibility to check the goods to any customer.