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Wed 22 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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Dubai authorities seize fake goods

Jebel Ali Ports Authority seize US $1 million of counterfeit automotive parts thanks to a tip off from GM.

Customs officials from Jebel Ali Ports Authority have seized a container carrying 500,000 counterfeit spark plugs branded with various manufacturer logos.

The shipment, which is estimated to have a retail market value of more than US $1 million was seized by officials after they were tipped off by General Motors in Dubai, based on information provided by their counterparts in China.

General Motors had recently increased the number of training programmes it runs for Customs, Law Enforcement and other Government departments around the region, as the company ramps up its fight against counterfeit automotive products.

“Counterfeiters are becoming increasingly savvy, pricing products just below genuine parts and using sophisticated packaging and labelling to make them less noticeable, making it increasingly difficult for authorities to spot the fakes,” said Joe Elenz, aftersales director, General Motors Middle East.

“We are constantly working in partnership with customs departments in the region as well as our colleagues around the world to identify and track suspicious shipments and make sure they do not reach the market,” Elenz said.

There have been a number of instances reported across the region where counterfeit parts have failed, endangering the passenger as well as other motorists.

“We applaud the Jebel Ali autorities for taking this decisive action. The profusion of counterfeit auto parts in this region is a serious threat to manufacturers and dealers, but more importantly they endanger the lives of consumers as they are produced from substandard material that do not hold up or perform like genuine parts,” Elenz added.

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