The Dubai Customs Department seized thousands of counterfeit goods as part of 59 trademark infringement cases in the first quarter of 2018, according to a top official.
Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, the Director, said: “These included narcotics, non-incendiary weapons, firearms and accessories, counterfeit and banned products, fake and prohibited medicines, obscene content and witchcraft items.”
Records show that the Dubai Customs confiscated thousands of illegal items as part of 263 IP seizures in 2017. “The items seized were valued at Dh110 million,” he said. “These are compared to 218 seizures, worth Dh62.5 million, in 2016.
“The Dubai Customs spares no effort to curb all forms of commercial fraud and counterfeiting, and tightening customs controls across all Dubai border points,” he stated. “It exchanges hundreds of intelligence information and tips with the bodies concerned worldwide through the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO).”
The Dubai Customs has developed a state-of-the-art risk management system called Risk Engine, which speeds up the risk assessment and inspection process. “We are also the first customs administration in the world to utilise smart glasses in inspection operations, in a bid to further simplify and accelerate field inspection of cargo consignments in different customs checkpoints.”
The Dubai Customs has also deployed bags smart customs inspection system, known as Smart Table, in Dubai’s airports to efficiently streamline the clearing of passengers and luggage.
Musabih also affirmed that Dubai Customs IP Award for Schools and Universities has become a popular competition all over the UAE. “A total of 165,824 students from 172 schools and 30 universities have participated in the award since its launch in 2017.”
Source Credit: Khaleej Times