UAE Customs seizes over 168,000 counterfeit goods in 2019
Counterfeit goods seizure by air cargo represented 33% of total seizures
ABU DHABI: Federal Customs Authority, FCA, and local customs departments in UAE seized 168,251 counterfeit items in 2019 counted compared to 169,587 pieces in 2018. The limited decline in seized pieces is attributed to the increase of small consignments seized in regular and courier mail under the increasing growth of e-commerce movement.
The report offered a classification on IPR seizures in 2019 in terms of transport means highlighting that counterfeit goods seizure by air cargo represented 33 per cent of total seizures, followed by regular and courier mail which accounted for 31 per cent, while marine transport represented 19 per cent and finally, 16 per cent goes for land transport.
The report also classified seizures in accordance with product type, indicating that 37.31 per cent of seizures falls below other goods (miscellaneous) category while hand luggage accounted for 29.85 per cent of total seizures during the year followed by cellular phones and accessories which accounted for 11.94 per cent then garments with 7.46 per cent, perfumes and shoes 4.48 per cent each and finally 1.49 per cent each for accessories, lenses, glasses, waters and jewellery.
Ali Saeed Matar Alneyadi, Commissioner of Customs and Chairman of FCA, said: “In UAE, we have in place a clear and exhaustive strategy to tackle forfeit goods and fight trade fraud. Customs institutions in UAE are the most crucial entities mandated with protecting IPR in world trade on the light of the responsibilities and powers charged to them by virtue of GCC unified customs law and relevant laws. UAE has put IPR protection on the top of its strategic priorities as a part of its vision to build a knowledge-based economy in line with Emirates vision 2021,” he added.
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