Dubai Customs has seized counterfeit goods worth over AED 14 million during the period from February 2006 to June 2006, according to statistics compiled by the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Department and Intervention Department of Dubai Customs. The counterfeit goods seized in the month of June 2006 alone were worth in excess of AED 7 million.
Between February 2006 and June 2006, eight major centers of Dubai Customs together seized a total of 2,212,147 boxes containing counterfeit goods, the bulk of which were intercepted at the customs centers at the Jebel Ali Port and the Dubai International Airport.
CDs and automobile spare parts comprised the bulk of the counterfeit goods seized, followed by electronics, watches, clothing and footwear, eye glasses, cosmetics, cigarettes, brand stickers, and medicine. The bulk of the counterfeit imports came from the Far East, followed by Central Asia and Africa.
Dubai Customs is committed to protect Intellectual Property Rights and its inspectors are on constant vigil against any attempt to smuggle counterfeit goods into the country. Recognizing the negative impact of fake goods on various industries and on the national economy, the Dubai Customs management has been providing specialized training to its inspectors on how to distinguish between bona fide and counterfeit goods.
Between February 2006 and June 2006, Dubai Customs issued a total of 176 fines for various IPR violations. The Jebel Ali Port issued 65 of these fines while the Dubai International Airport issued 62 fines. The Cargo Village issued 28 fines, followed by the Rashid Port, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Creek and the Post at 11, 8, 6 and 1 fines respectively.