By Andy Sambidge
Inspectors foil attempt to smuggle counterfeit CDs inside cargo of car spare-parts
Dubai Customs said on Saturday it had foiled an attempt to smuggle 60,000 counterfeit Sony PlayStation CDs.
Inspectors at the Free Zone of Dubai International Airport found the contraband hidden inside a car spare-part cargo which was coming from another Arab country.
It was listed under the "customs import declaration" category for a local company and inspectors found 30 parcels containing around 60,000 CDs bearing the Sony PlayStation trademark, Dubai Customs said in a statement.
Omar Ahmed Al Muhairy, senior manager of Air Cargo Operations at Dubai Customs, said the seizure was part of the department's efforts to protect intellectual property rights and facilitate legitimate trade movement.
Dubai Customs said it equips its inspectors with the most hi-tech mobile and fixed tools which allow them to uncover all customs-related violations committed by dealers and smugglers who attempt to bring their contraband through Dubai's entry points.
Research In Motion last month warned customers to be alert after it emerged fake models of its BlackBerry 9900 smartphone are on sale in Dubai ahead of the handset’s launch.
Pictures of the fake handset have emerged on BlackBerry fan site, CrackBerry,com, where users reported the device was on sale for $100 in shopping mall DragonMart.
The website also featured a link to Dubai-based listings website Dubizzle, where a reader claimed a version of the 9900 was on sale for $1,370 “on the grey market”.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.