Warehouse raid results in 120 tonne worth of fake TVs, DVD players and other home appliances.
AED 4 million worth of fake electronic goods were seized by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) from a warehouse in Al Aweer yesterday. The authorities call it the biggest crackdown on counterfeiting to date in the country.
The warehouse contained more than 20,600 packaged duplicates from a variety of electronics brands, including LG, Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Hitachi. The total weight of the seized goods metered upto 120 tonnes and included 5,000 TVs, 7,000 DVD players, a number of stereo sets, and other home appliances.
“Dubai being a major logistics hub and retail destination we maintain an extreme vigil against counterfeiting and trademark infringement. The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection division conducts regular market inspections and also acts on complaints received, to avoid Dubai being used as a conduit to sell or distribute counterfeit goods,” said Khalid Ali Al Youha, acting manager of DED’s Intellectual Property Rights Protection Unit.
According to DED, the owner of the warehouse will be given an AED 30,000 fine, and the confiscated goods will be destroyed.