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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Dh83m worth of fake products seized in Ajman

The 413,300 items seized during inspections replicated products from 40 international brands, the emirate's Department of Economic Development said

Hundreds of thousands of fake goods worth more than Dh82.7 million have been seized in Ajman.

The emirate’s Department of Economic Development — which organised the raids — said those caught selling the counterfeit products will face legal action.

The 413,300 items seized during inspections replicated products from 40 international brands, the department said.

Majed Al Suwaidi, director of the customer relations department, said DED would continue carrying out inspection campaigns with police and trademark representatives to ensure counterfeit items do not enter the market and to help reduce illegal piracy trade in the emirate.

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He said people caught selling fake goods faced harsh penalties.

“We are committed to controlling and seizing fake goods in an effort to achieve balance between the rights of consumers, traders and trademarks as the first step towards creating a safe and competitive economic environment that supports the development of various vital economic sectors,” Mr Al Suwaidi said.

“Our priority is to protect consumers who are victims of legal violations by some sellers, such as promoting and trading illegal goods that fall under the category of commercial fraud, counterfeiting, forging and violation of intellectual property laws.”