By Beatrice Thomas
It followed 440 raids carried out by Al Futtaim Motors, law firms and UAE government
The UAE has confiscated fake car parts worth AED35m ($9.53m) in the past two years following 440 raids, it has emerged.
The suppliers of the fake parts, which were destroyed following the raids, received fines totalling AED350,000 ($95,287) as authorities aim to clamp down on the illegal practice.
Al Futtaim Motors, which took part in the raids in conjunction with several law firms and the UAE government, said after a parts dealer conference in Dubai that it had long taken a strong public stance against counterfeit practices.
However, it said continuous dialogue with the authorities and training programs for customs officials was needed to help them discern the difference between genuine and fake car parts.
“Every authorised parts dealer, large and small, contributes to the continued success of the business and helps to ensure that only genuine Toyota parts are sold,” said Jon Williams, managing director of Al Futtaim Motors.
“We are constantly educating motorists in the Emirates about the risks they might put themselves and their families in, if the originality of the parts they use in their cars is compromised. We are confident that collaborating with the authorised dealers on that front will helps us keep the roads safer.”
Ralf Zimmermann, general manager after sales, said the company’s priority in 2014 was to combat counterfeit and parallel import of parts into the UAE.
Al Futtaim Motors is a member of UAE conglomerate Al Futtaim Group, which operates the Toyota franchise in the UAE. It is also the largest distributor of automobiles and automotive products in the country.For all the latest transport 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.