By Daniel Shane
120-tonne haul includes thousands of counterfeit televisions and DVD players
Dubai authorities say they seized AED4m (US$1.09m) in counterfeit electric goods as part of a recent crackdown.
In a statement, the emirate’s Department of Economic Development (DED) said it uncovered 26,000 duplicates of popular electronic brands including LG, Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Hitachi at a warehouse in the Al Aweer district.
According to DED, all of the items were packaged and included genuine-looking warranty labels from distributors in the region.
“Dubai being a major logistics hub and retail destination we maintain extreme vigil against counterfeiting and trademark infringement,” said Khalid Ali Al Youha, acting manager of DED’s Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection’s Intellectual Property Rights Protection Unit.
The 120-tonne haul seized by authorities included 5,300 TV sets, 7,000 DVD players and other devices including stereo sets, vacuum cleaners and pressing irons. The statement did not specify when the raid had taken place.
According to DED, the counterfeit goods will be destroyed and their owner fined AED30,000.